Gatwick flights resumed after 'air traffic control issue'

Gatwick Airport suffers complete failure of air traffic control

According to Gatwick Airport's website, flights have resumed from 7.20pm United Kingdom time after almost two hours of chaos.

The unspecified issues began around 5 p.m., prompting airport officials to cancel 28 flights and divert another 26 to other airports. A 7 p.m. update from the airport stated that flights had resumed, but suggested that residual delays were expected as the airport worked to bring operations back to normal.

All flights in and out of London Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK) had been suspended this evening due to a technical fault with the air traffic control system at the airport.

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Colin Franks, who was due to board an EasyJet flight to Palma, Spain, at 18:00 said he was "trapped between the boarding gate and the air bridge".

Following an earlier air traffic control systems issue, flights to and from Gatwick have now resumed. Gatwick is the UK's second-busiest airport, and the eighth busiest in Europe.

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