A computer system problem at the Gatwick control tower left flights unable to land or remove at Britain’s second largest airport during the early morning optimal.
3 planes were diverted to other London flight terminals as controllers from Air Navigating Services were compelled to close down the malfunctioning IT and overview planes in under a back-up system.
Travelers on British Airways trips returning from Antigua in the Caribbean and Tampa Florida in the United States found themselves landing 45 miles away at Heathrow at the end of their overnight trips.
After a hold-up of even more than two hours, the planes refuelled as well as continued on to the Sussex airport terminal.
An easyJet trip from Belfast was drawn away to Luton flight terminal, beyond of London.
The three trips were diverted throughout the “change down” of the IT system, which started at 7.25 am. Various other aircrafts were left circling around and also postponed until the normal systems were restored at 9.10 am.
A Gatwick spokesperson said: “Previously IT concerns in the air web traffic control tower this morning have been dealt with as well as flights are arriving and departing the flight terminal as typical. Some flights might still experience delays however as well as travelers are suggested to inspect their trip condition with the airline company.”
A speaker for easyJet, the largest airline company operator at Gatwick, claimed it was “experiencing some disruption to our flying programme because of this” of the IT failure.
” While this is out of our control we apologise for the inconvenience triggered by the diversion and delays and also would love to give thanks to guests for their perseverance and also collaboration,” they added.
The interruption was restricted. Just concerning 300 flights in total were anticipated to land or take off from Gatwick on Thursday, as solutions return towards regular levels from the depths of the pandemic. In 2019, Gatwick was the busiest single-runway airport worldwide.