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Coronavirus: Grounded planes and deserted airport terminals

Planes at Bournemouth Image copyright NPAS
Image caption British Airways has moved a number of its planes to Bournemouth Airport

Major airports around the UK have been left almost empty as demand for air travel has plummeted following the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

Various travel bans have caused many airlines to massively scale back flights, resulting in abandoned terminal buildings.

On Monday, EasyJet said it would be grounding its entire fleet and it would be encouraging staff to work at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in east London.

Jonathan Hinkles, the chief executive of regional airline Loganair, said bookings had fallen by 75 per cent.

Luton Airport car park Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A car park at Luton Airport has been emptied of any vehicles
hazmat suits Gatwick Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Some passengers are still travelling across the world - but are taking extra protective measures
Empty stands at Manchester Airport Image copyright AFP
Image caption Stands at Manchester Airport have no planes at the gates
Planes at Cardiff airport Image copyright PA Media
Image caption British Airways is among many airlines that have seen passenger numbers shrink and bookings collapse
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Image caption The airline's chief executive Alex Cruz said the industry was facing a "crisis of global proportions" worse than that caused by the Sars virus or 9/11
Virgin Atlantic flights at Glasgow Airport Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Virgin Atlantic has written to staff to see if they want to work at the new NHS Nightingale hospital in east London
Planes at Birmingham airport Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The US has imposed a travel ban on all European countries - including the UK and the Republic of Ireland
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Image caption Gatwick Airport said it would be shutting its North Terminal on 1 April to cope with the drop in passenger demand
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Image caption London City Airport has closed until further notice and said the airfield would be offered to the government to help the nearby NHS Nightingale
Empty Heathrow arrivals Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Many airlines are expected to seek government help to survive

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