Gatwick Airport flights suspended over air traffic control issue

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The airport stopped all flights at 17:08 BST

Flights at Gatwick Airport were suspended for about two hours due to what it says was an issue in its control tower.

A total of 25 flights were diverted to other UK airports when the problems began shortly after 17:00 BST.

The airport said it had experienced a problem with its air traffic control systems.

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

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Passengers were left queuing in the airport

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”.

He said the plane’s pilot had spoken to passengers, adding: “He said they had been given a provisional [take off] time of 10pm.

“At the moment, everybody is talking to one another and it’s quite cheery. There is a lot of children here.”

In December flights were suspended for 30 hours after drone sightings, causing chaos for 140,000 passengers.

A senior Sussex Police officer said the airport was not prepared for an attack by more than one drone.

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