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Gatwick Airport Power Cut

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Gatwick Airport Power Cut, A power cut at Gatwick Airport caused disruption to baggage belts today, forcing some passengers to board flights without their luggage.

The outage affected the baggage handling system at the West Sussex airport’s North Terminal this morning.

Extra staff were drafted in to move passengers’ luggage manually while engineers sought to restore the carousels to normal working order.

Officials at Gatwick – the world’s busiest single runway airport – apologised to passengers via its Twitter feed and said that flights were not disrupted.

Passengers were advised to contact their airline about their belongings once they had reached their destinations.

The airport tweeted: “Sorry about the disruption, a power outage has affected our baggage system. Extra staff are in to minimise disruption.”

An airport spokeswoman said a fault in an electricity substation at about 3.30am caused a series of power failures at the terminal but it was quickly restored.

The knock-on effect left eight baggage belts at a standstill in the North Terminal until they were all fully restored by 10.30am. No flights were cancelled but there were some delays, she said.

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