LOOK up to the skies over Sussex and there are very few flights as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

In fact at many points during Friday morning there were no flights at all over the country featured on flightradar24, an online tracker that monitors aviation traffic across the world.

With flights around the world grounded recent images have been a stark difference to what it would normally be like.

This is the normal picture, taken from March 2:

The Argus:

This is compared to flight traffic on the afternoon of Friday, April 3:

The Argus:

Worldwide airlines have been slashing flights because of the pandemic and on Friday Heathrow announced it will close one of its runways from next week as air traffic continues to plummet. 

This week EasyJet announced it was grounding all flights and British Airways has suspended 36,000 staff.

Gatwick Airport has suspended all operations at its North Terminal.

The West Sussex airport will now only be operating flights from the South Terminal.

On its website Gatwick said: "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, flights to most destinations are either cancelled or running a very limited schedule.

"From April 1, we are temporarily closing North Terminal and all flights will operate from South Terminal.

"Rail and bus services are also running to a reduced timetable, so we recommend you plan your journey carefully.

"For all flight information, please keep in contact with your airline who will be able to assist you."

Last month, the airport terminated the employment of 200 staff, including contractors and workers on fixed-term contracts.