Gatwick Airport experiences power cuts and travel disruption amid horror weather

Poor weather conditions has caused power outages and flight delays at Gatwick Airport.

Passengers at the airport complained of sitting on the tarmac for numerous due to the poor conditions that led to air traffic control measures being introduced.

Travel provider Inrix reported that thunderstorms were affecting both arrivals and departures with "heavy rainfall" being blamed.

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One passenger tweeted: "We have been stuck on EZY6557 for over 3 hours at Gate 16. Flight now 6 hours late. Our crew is calling for jetway to be connected so ppl can leave and nobody is answering.

"There are kids and babies on board here."

More complaints followed as another said passenger commented: "We have now been on flight EZY8838 for 8hours. Pilot unable to reach anyone at DHL to get us off the plane.

"We sat on the tarmac for 1hr prior to flight and 2hrs after. Small children and elderly people left sitting for hours!"

The airport made a statement saying: “Air traffic control restrictions have been put in place across the UK due to poor weather conditions.

"Flights will unfortunately be delayed and cancelled this evening. Please check the status of your flight with your airline.”

The south-east in particular was affected heavily as the electricity supply for hundreds of homes in Sussex was damaged due to the heavy downpours coupled with thunderstorms and gusty winds.

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UK Power Networks instead blamed the problems on faulty electricity cabling both overhead and underground.

There's no end to the disruption of travel at least on the South Western Railway network with the operator warning of travel issues until the end of Sunday.

A tweet read: “Due to major disruption on our network this evening, customers have been authorised to source taxis and claim the cost of this back through our customer service team.”

The Met Office had warned of bad weather after issuing a yellow weather warning in several regions.


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