Flights from Gatwick resumed after air traffic control breakdown

Gatwick Airport

The issue in the airport's control tower triggered the suspension shortly after 5pm on Wednesday, a Gatwick spokesman said.

"Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick's control tower, flights are now suspended", the airport said on Twitter.

An update from the airport on Twitter at 6.10pm stated: "Due to an air traffic control systems issue in Gatwick's control tower, flights remain suspended". The exact problem has not been revealed.

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Passengers on two early morning flights from Turkey had to wait about three hours for their luggage to arrive at baggage reclaim on Thursday.

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

The airport advised passengers in a tweet Wednesday night to "check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport, as we return to full operations". Later flights were shown to be delayed, including departing flights.

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