Gatwick airport halts all flights due to control tower problem

Andrew Cummings
July 11, 2019

As of 7 p.m. London time, flight operations had resumed, but significant residual delays were expected.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said that it worked with the provider of its computer system to get the flight control system back online.

Gatwick Airport suspended flights for over an hour on Wednesday evening due to a "systems issue".


A spokesman apologised to passengers and advised those travelling to check flight information directly with their airline.

The issue is in Gatwick's control tower.

London's Gatwick Airport resumed flights on Wednesday after closing its runway for almost two hours due to "an air traffic control systems issue", it said.


The Guardian reported that the cancellations and delays affected flights in other European cities, including Gothenburg, Sweden; Bilbao, Spain; and Bergen, Norway.

The airport, the eighth-busiest in Europe, serves numerous low-priced carriers and is EasyJet's biggest hub.


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