Flights diverted from Gatwick due to “computer problems” in air traffic control tower
Planes were grounded and three flights had to be diverted from Gatwick Airport due to “computer problems” in the air traffic control tower.
Flights from Tampa, Antigua and Belfast were reportedly affected by the problems on Thursday morning.
The now-resolved technical issue with the control tower prevented flights from taking off or landing at West Sussex Airport for some time.
EasyJet said one of its flights was en route to Gatwick before the disruption and was diverted to London Luton Airport.
The airline said the rerouted flight would continue to its original destination.
A Gatwick Airport spokesperson said the hijackings were the result of “computer problems in the air traffic control tower this morning”.
They later added, “The previous computer issues in the air traffic control tower this morning have been resolved and flights are arriving and departing normally.
“However, some flights may still experience delays and passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with the airline.”
An easyJet spokesperson said: “Although it is beyond our control, we apologize for the inconvenience caused by the diversion and the delays and would like to thank the passengers for their patience and cooperation.
“The safety and security of its passengers and crew is our top priority. “