From Monday onwards, Gatwick Airport has announced that it will be limiting the number of flights to 800 a day because the number of staff available at the air traffic control has fallen sick.
The airport authorities, in a statement, revealed that the number of flights of 800 a day will remain until Sunday, October 1st.
They also stated that the limit would stop last-minute passenger delays and cancellations.
The chief executive of London Gatwick Airport, Stewart Wingate, revealed, “This has been a very difficult decision, but the action we have taken today means our airlines can fly reliable flight programs, which gives passengers more certainty that they will not face last minute cancellations.
“We are working closely with NATS to build resilience in the control tower, and this decision means we can prevent as much disruption as possible.”
“London Gatwick would like to sincerely apologize to any passengers who have been impacted by these restrictions.”
On certain days of the week, if the limit is exceeded, that might result in up to 65 flights being canceled. At least 800 flight “movements” occur at Gatwick Airport every day on average.
It claimed that 30% of its NATS air traffic control personnel were presently unable to work due to a range of medical conditions, including COVID-19 infections.
- Published By Team Timeswire