GATWICK Airport will not screen passengers flying from China for coronavirus.

An airport spokesman said “advanced monitoring procedures” were in place on all direct flights from China.

But these measures do not include coronavirus screenings.

Instead flight captains must give “formal assurance on the health of passengers” to an on-duty public health doctor before they disembark.


If someone is taken ill on a flight, the captain must give Gatwick Airport at least an hour’s notice to allow medical staff to prepare.

An inflight message encouraging passengers to report any illnesses is also broadcasts on flights from China.

“The airport remains in regular contact with the relevant authorities and will continue to follow their advice on this matter in full, including displaying PHE advice for passengers,” an airport spokesman said.