A Frenchman has been charged with possession of an air rifle and a knife following a major security alert at Gatwick airport yesterday.
Massive disruption was caused at the North Terminal following the incident at 9.30 am when Sussex Police were alerted to the 'suspicious actions' of a 41-year-old man.
Jerome Chauris, from Vendome, is due to appear in court on Monday.
‘Now that our terminal has re-opened we are prioritising looking after passengers and ensuring they can get to the North Terminal. We know that large numbers of passengers have had significant disruption to their journeys today, and we are working hard with our airline partners to help get them on their way.
‘We have additional Gatwick staff on-hand to help, and we are trying to make people comfortable by moving them to hotels where we can make sure they have the latest information about their flights. It will take some time to get operations back to normal but we are doing everything we can.
‘We have put on special bus services to move people from the South Terminal, to the North Terminal, and our shuttle is now back in operation. It’s important that we manage the flow of people to ensure we can process them as efficiently as possible.
‘Our airlines are now looking at what capacity they have to accommodate people who missed flights earlier in the day. Passenger welfare is out absolute priority.’
"Following a full and thorough search by the Police, we are now able to re-open our North Terminal to passengers. Passengers should check with their airlines for information about their journey.
"Our priority is always the safety and welfare of our passengers and extra Gatwick staff are on hand to assist those who have experienced significant disruption to their journey today.
"We are working with our airlines to return North Terminal to usual operations. South Terminal is operating as normal."
Gatwick Airport's North Terminal has reopened after a security alert prompted an evacuation.
The closure was prompted by the discovery of what police believed to be a firearm in a bin at the airport.
A 41-year-old man from Vendome in France was arrested at the scene on suspicion of discarding the suspected weapon.
He had not checked in or passed through any passport or security checks at the time, Sussex Police said.
A 41-year-old French man is being questioned after "what appears to be a firearm" was discovered at Gatwick airport's North Terminal, Sussex Police say.
1/2 UPDATE: North Terminal remains closed due to an earlier incident. Flights are departing from Gatwick however...
2/2 UPDATE: If you are expecting to travel from North Terminal this afternoon we recommend that you contact your airline for the latest info
We'd like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience while the NT incident is investigated. We have extra staff on hand to assist.
The North Terminal at Gatwick was evacuated this morning after reports of a man performing 'suspicious actions'.
Sussex Police have confirmed that they have arrested a man in connection with the incident. Further details will follow.
Airline passenger Tim Unwin, who was caught up in the evacuation at the Sussex Airport, has sent out a series of messages and photographs via social media.
Very cramped in Sofitel - passengers are now beginning to get frustrated - would like to be given some information https://t.co/QClgOCV3oF
Helpful airport staff waiting to provide further information to passengers at Gatwick North https://t.co/PO4bhiUcK1
Sussex Police have arrested a man after an incident at Gatwick Airport. The site's North Terminal was evacuated this morning, and police called at 9.30am after 'suspicious actions' by a man who discarded an item at the airport.
Bomb disposal experts were called to the scene as a precautionary measure, to investigate the item.
"At this time, we are investigating the circumstances of the incident and it is too early to say what the item may be. However, given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident and it is best that we treat the matter in all seriousness.
"We are aware that there is concern about what has happened in France, but the general threat level remains the same and people should be aware as usual of anyone acting suspiciously."
Due to an incident - the North Terminal has been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Extra staff on-site looking after passenger welfare
Rail passengers will soon be able to use the Oyster pay-as-you-go card and contactless cards on train lines to Gatwick Airport.
The Department of Transport will introduce the contactless ticketing methods, which will also include five other Surrey stations along the route, to Gatwick in the New Year.
This technology will make journeys easier and ticketing considerably faster. Passengers with contactless bank or credit cards, for example, will simply need to touch the Oyster readers without having to queue for a ticket or even top up their Oyster card."