Wednesday, 10 July 2019

London Gatwick's flights getting back to normal after ATC outage.

Flights are getting back to normal at the UK's second busiest airport, London Gatwick following Air Traffic Control issues halted arrivals and departures for more than two hours.

According to the airport, a total of 25 flights were diverted to other airports in the UK as well as some cancelled after technical issues started to affect the control towers systems. 

A Gatwick spokesperson said: “Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick’s control tower, flights were suspended between 17.08 and 19.00. Flights have resumed, but passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport as we return to full operations.”

Passengers due to travel to or from the airport have been advised to check for updates with their airline.

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport. It serves more than 230 destinations in 74 countries for 46 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. Gatwick is also a major economic driver and generates around 85,000 jobs nationally, with 24,000 of these located on the airport. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network.

Gatwick’s 2018 draft master plan sets out proposals for the airport’s ongoing development and sustainable growth. It also outlines the airport’s latest thinking on how it can meet the increasing demand for air travel and provide Britain with enhanced global connectivity. A 12-week public consultation closed on 10 January 2019, and a consultation response summary and final master plan will be published later in 2019.

(Images Gatwick Airport)

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