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Thousands hit in Gatwick ‘air traffic’ delays

THOUSANDS of passengers were hit by delays and cancellations when Gatwick Airport was shut down for almost two hours last night.

Bosses apologised and said an IT problem with ‘air traffic control systems’ was behind the closure, which began just after 5pm.

At least 25 flights were diverted to other airports and eight were cancelled. However a small number were allowed to land at Gatwick after the suspension began.

Passengers uploaded photos of long queues to social media.

A spokesman said the airport hoped to operate a full service today, but advised travellers to check with their airline before departure.

And Aashna Shroff of warned passengers affected may not be entitled to compensation.

‘The delays were due to a problem with the air traffic control system and no fault of the airlines. But it’s worth checking with your airline what its policy is on delays,’ he said.

Gatwick was closed for 30 hours in December last year after a string of alleged drone sightings.