Gatwick suspends all flights amid 'control systems issue'

Daniel Fowler
July 11, 2019

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.

It was reported that outbound and inbound flights would be delayed until at least 9pm, but Gatwick downplayed the claim and said it was working towards resuming flights "as soon as possible".

The unspecified issues began around 5 p.m., prompting airport officials to cancel 28 flights and divert another 26 to other airports.

The exact nature of the fault isn't known but in a statement, Gatwick Airport said: "Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick's control tower, flights are now suspended".

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The airport experienced a problem in its control tower, affecting services for two hours from about 17:00 BST.

The suspension has been in place since roughly 5pm on Wednesday.

Gatwick Airport suffered major disruption last December, when the facility was plagued by repeated drone sightings during Christmas week.

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