London-Gatwick: more than 160 flights canceled due to lack of air traffic controllers

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The airport London-Gatwick is forced tocancel more than 160 flights by Sunday due to a shortage of air traffic controllers.

The number of flights will be limited “at 800 per day» (at departure and arrival) and that “until Saturday October 1st», Indicated the airport in a press release, which specifies that the decision was taken in agreement with NATS, the British national air traffic control service.

This daily cap “will make it possible to avoid last minute cancellations and delays for passengers while NATS resolves the problems linked to sickness (stops) and staff constraints”, explained the London airport, the second after London-Heathrow. Around 30% of air traffic controllers at London-Gatwick are currently unavailable.for various medical reasons, including Covid“.

It was a difficult decision but the action we are taking today (Monday) means that airlines will be able to fly a reliable flight scheduleadded Stewart Wingate, director of London-Gatwick.

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