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Four million passengers make Gatwick's busiest September

Gatwick has recorded its busiest ever September, with four million people travelling through the airport.

Plane arrives at Gatwick Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Managers say they expect to hit another record this year, the 40 million annual passenger mark. They say it's another reason the site should be expanded instead of Heathrow.

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Man detained after being tasered at Gatwick Airport

A man who was tasered by police on board an aircraft at Gatwick airport has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Sussex Police said the 37-year-old was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast shortly after 8am yesterday after being arrested by firearms officers called to the aircraft by the crew.

The man, from Belfast, was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of their duty.

Earlier it was reported that the incident leading to the arrest was because he wanted to take two pieces of hand luggage on to the plane. Police said there were reports of a passenger who was becoming increasingly abusive following a dispute over luggage.

After the man was arrested, people were taken off the plane and witnesses gave statements to police.

The 37-year-old man was taken off the easyJet flight to Belfast yesterday morning Credit: ITV News

"On Thursday evening, following examination by doctors, he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for admission into a psychiatric unit for further assessment and treatment in the interest of his own health, safety and protection of others."

– A police spokesman

"EasyJet can confirm that police boarded flight EZY831 from London Gatwick to Belfast on August 20 due to a passenger behaving disruptively.

"EasyJet's cabin crew are highly trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.

"Whilst such incidents are rare we take them very seriously, do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board and always push for prosecution.

"The safety and well-being of passengers and crew is always easyJet's priority."

– An easyJet spokeswoman


Gatwick says Heathrow third runway "unlawful"

Heathrow Airport Credit: ITV News

A third runway at Heathrow would be "unlawful", its rival Gatwick claimed today.

It says expansion at Heathrow would breach strict European air quality limits. Gatwick, meanwhile, claims it would meet all limits with a second runway and expansion should be in Sussex.

But Heathrow has hit back saying it would put measures in place to mitigate and the airport is the best place for expansion with tens of thousands of new jobs boosting the local economy.

The row erupted on the final day of consultation on pollution by the Airport Commission, which will make a recommendation on a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick in the next few weeks.

16 due in court over plot to steal £2m duty free cigs

Sixteen to appear before magistrates charged with plotting to steal duty free cigarettes

Sixteen people are due to appear before Crawley magistrates in connection with a plot to steal millions of pounds worth of cigarettes from a company at Gatwick Airport.

The fifteen men and one woman are accused of planning to take the tobacco worth a total of £2,432,665 from Gate Gourmet - a firm which supplies airlines at the airport.

Leaflet drop to 500,000 homes to push Gatwick's bid for expansion

It is the latest move in the battle between Heathrow and Gatwick as they both aim to win support for airport expansion.

Gatwick say expansion at Heathrow would lead to tens of thousands more people suffering aircraft noise. Heathrow say it has the best runway plan that would not see overall noise increase and create tens of thousands of jobs.

The Airport Commission will announce its recommendation in June.


Romantic getaways boost Gatwick numbers

Lucky for some... Gatwick is on course for a record breaking Valentine's weekend Credit: PA

Gatwick is set for a record breaking Valentine's weekend and half term holiday - with almost a million passengers passing through its doors. That's a 6 per cent increase on last year. Geneva is the most popular destination for the third year in a row, as families head to the ski slopes.

An unprecedented 982,000 people are expected to use the airport between Friday February 13 and Sunday February 22. Passenger numbers for the Valentine's Day weekend alone are also up by 7.9%, with the total number of flyers at more than 400,000. Couples travelling on Valentine's Day will be treated to a gift of a teddy bear and a box of luxury chocolates to ensure love is in the air, and a Queen of Hearts stilt walker will be in the terminal to meet and greet.

City breaks dominate the great British getaways, with Barcelona in second place, closely followed by Dublin and Amsterdam. Nick Pope, Operations Manager at London Gatwick, said "The figures show record numbers will be travelling through the airport during the upcoming Valentine's weekend and half-term, and we look forward to welcoming passengers and helping them enjoy the experience of travelling through Gatwick.

The Top 10 list of half term destinations from London Gatwick 2015:

  • Geneva
  • Barcelona
  • Dublin
  • Amsterdam
  • Tenerife
  • Madrid
  • Copenhagen
  • Edinburgh
  • Dubai
  • Belfast

Millions of pounds announced for Gatwick

More than £30 million has been pledged to improve the area around Gatwick with new houses, transport infrastructure and jobs.

The announcement was made by Conservative MP for Portsmouth North Penny Mordaunt at Gatwick Airport this morning.

Plane returns to Gatwick after part falls off

A passenger jet was forced to return to Gatwick Airport part-way through its flight to Egypt after a part plunged to the ground.

Library photo Credit: Press Association

Thomas Cook Flight TCX1638 left the West Sussex airport at 9am this morning with 237 passengers on board but had to turn back a short time into its flight to Hurghada.

The object is believed to have fallen from the plane near the Kent and East Sussex border, but it was not until the jet was over Belgium that the fault was reported.

None of the passengers were injured after the over wing slide unit plummeted, which led to a probe by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) being launched.

A Kent Police spokesman said:

"Kent Police was called at 11.15am to reports of an object falling from an airplane above the Langton Green and Groombridge area.

"Officers are trying to locate the object which is believed to have landed close to the Kent and Sussex border. Anyone with information should contact 101."

Whilst airborne, the slide unit has fallen from the aircraft and we are aware that local police have been informed.

The aircraft landed safely at Gatwick Airport and we are now immediately undertaking a full investigation and working with the airline authorities. We'd like to apologise to our customers for the delay to their flight.

– Thomas Cook Airlines
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