Gatwick flight delays – live updates: Airport resumes flights after technical issues but passengers expected to face long waits


Gatwick Airport has resumed all flights after an ”air traffic control systems issue”.

The airport said: “Following an earlier air traffic control systems issue, flights to and from Gatwick have now resumed. If you are travelling this evening, please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport, as we return to full operations.”

In the midst of the issue, which lasted roughly two hours, flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted to other airports, prompting complaints on social media and long queues. 

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You can read more about the Gatwick closure and the ensuing chaos at Britain’s second-busiest airport below.

For those who have experienced flight cancellations or delays, you can read our handy guide regarding passenger rights below.

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Flights to and from Gatwick have now resumed following the air traffic control systems issue, the airport said on Twitter. 

As of 7.15pm UK time, there are reports that planes have begun to taxi at the London airport. 


Passengers have taken to social media to complain about the delays, with some people stranded in grounded planes for more than an hour. 

On Gatwick’s website, some flights are showing as diverted to other airports, while others have been cancelled. 

In the airport’s latest update on Twitter, it confirmed that all flights “remain suspended”. 

The airport also encouraged all passengers due to fly this evening to check their flight status before travelling to the airport. 

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