Gatwick Christmas chaos – MPs summon bosses to explain

Gatwick Airport bosses are to be summoned to appear at a special hearing by the House of Commons Transport Committee to explain the chaos on Christmas Eve that led to thousands of passengers being stranded at the airport.

62 departures and 59 arrivals were cancelled after severe flooding knocked out power supplies to the airport’s North Terminal. Some flights were switched to the South Terminal, which was unaffected by the power cut, however, some passengers waited for around 12 hours only to be told their flights had been cancelled.

In spite of a £12m investment in flood defences, including £4m investment in to the Upper Mole Flood alleviation Scheme, floodwater damaged electrical substations and switch rooms causing the power outage at the North Terminal.

The airport has launched an investigation and a full report on the disruption will be published in February. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is also investigating the disruption.

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