One of London's main airports, Gatwick Airport, has implemented flight restrictions due to an increase in Covid-19 and similar disease cases among air traffic control tower personnel working at the facility. This situation will cause disruptions for thousands of passengers in the coming days.
According to British media, approximately one-third of the air traffic control tower staff at the airport have contracted Covid-19 and other similar diseases. Therefore, the daily number of flights departing from the airport has been temporarily limited to 800.
Under normal circumstances, 829 flights were planned to be operated from Gatwick Airport on Wednesday, 840 on Thursday, 865 on Friday, and 830 on Saturday. However, due to this extraordinary situation, a total of 160 flights have been cancelled until Sunday, 1st October. This means that thousands of passengers will be affected by the restrictions during this period.
Officials from Gatwick Airport stated that necessary measures have been taken to control the situation and to ensure the health of the personnel. They apologized to passengers for the disruptions and advised that the most up-to-date information regarding flights can be obtained from the airport's official website or the airlines.
This restriction on flights, especially before the upcoming holiday season, could adversely affect the travel plans of many individuals and families. Officials from Gatwick Airport emphasized that they hope to return to the normal flight schedule as soon as possible, but the health of passengers and employees is always a priority.