Gatwick airport halts all flights due to control tower problem

London Gatwick airport flights suspended due to air traffic control issue - Daily Star

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

Problems started at about 5 pm local time.

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

The hub, mostly used by low-priced carriers, is the United Kindom's second busiest, and Europe's eighth busiest airport by passenger traffic.

"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".

Dozens of passengers had taken to social media during the chaos to report they have been told by pilots that the control tower's flight moniter had gone down.

London's Gatwick Airport says flights have resumed after "an air traffic control systems issue" temporarily halted all takeoffs and landings.

"A third wrote: "@Gatwick_Airport BA flight from tenerife landed in Stansted because of IT issue in Gatwick.

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

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