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Travellers post photos of Gatwick airport queues

Travellers have expressed their frustration at huge queues at Gatwick Airport by posting snaps of the lines on Twitter.

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Gatwick chaos during floods 'a wake-up call'

The Christmas Eve chaos at Gatwick Airport should be "a wake-up call for airports across the UK" in tackling disruption, a report by MPs has said.

More than 11,000 travellers were affected by delays and cancellations on December 24 after flooding caused a power failure at the West Sussex airport.

Report finds that Gatwick Airport chaos during flooding in December 2013 should be a 'wake-up call' Credit: PA

In a report today, the House of Commons Transport Committee said that passengers had told of poor and often inconsistent provision of information about what was happening, lack of clarity about who was in charge, a lack of basic facilities and confusion about what expenses could be reimbursed.

The committee's report said: "The problems at Gatwick at Christmas Eve should be a wake-up call for airports across the UK to get on top of operational resilience issues.

"Disruption of whatever nature should be met with well-drilled plans, familiar to airport operators, airlines, and other contractors, which put passenger interests first."

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Man bailed after arrest over terror training claims

A 21-year-old man who was arrested at Gatwick Airport today on suspicion of training for terrorism overseas has been bailed.

London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement:

The 21-year-old man was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) after disembarking a flight from Istanbul, Turkey at around 14:00hrs on suspicion of an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He was taken into custody at a north London police station where he has since been bailed to return to tomorrow, 7 March.

Gatwick puts on additional staff to minimise 'disruption'

Gatwick Airport says it has "additional teams of engineers, electrical staff and volunteers at the airport to minimise the risk of disruption from potential further flooding" ahead of the high winds forecast over the next 24 hours.

The airport advises passengers to check with their airlines before travelling and leave extra time to reach the airport.

"Replacement bus services and diversions could add up to two hours to journey times, so we're advising passengers to plan their route carefully, check before they travel and allow extra time to get to the airport," the airport said.

Read: Gatwick Airport chiefs 'may face probe' over Christmas chaos

Airports Commission prefers Heathrow and Gatwick runway plans

The government-appointed Commission into airport expansion has revealed its shortlist of preferred options. It lists a third runway at Heathrow and a second at Gatwick in Sussex.

The Commission, chaired by former FSA chief Sir Howard Davies stopped short of listing Stansted for possible expansion.

The Commission's preliminary report said only one extra runway would be needed in the south east before 2030 with an additional runway likely to be needed by 2050.

Plans for a hub in the Thames Estuary - dubbed "Boris Island" were not shortlisted because of "too many uncertainties and challenges".

It said it would undertake further study of the Isle of Grain option in the first half of 2014 and "will reach a view later next year on whether that option offers a credible proposal for consideration alongside the other shortlisted options".

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Details of Govt infrastructure investment

The Government will today raise the amount it expects to be invested in infrastructure projects in the UK from £309 billion last year to more than £375 billion.

Almost 300 of the 646 projects and programmes are already under construction.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is expected to announce:

  • The building of the UK's first toll road in a decade is to be scrapped. The A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon will not introduce a fee for use after the improvement scheme, due to start in 2016, is completed.
  • The railway station at Gatwick Airport will receive £50 million for redevelopment.
  • A Government guarantee could support finance for the development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey.
  • The tube's Northern Line £1 billion extension to Battersea in south west London will be guaranteed.
  • Improvements to the A50 around Uttoxeter in Staffordshire will start no later than 2015/16.
  • A £10 million competitive fund to open in early 2014 to test ways to deliver superfast broadband to remote areas of the UK.

82-year-old man charged with drug smuggling

An 82-year-old man has been charged with attempting to smuggle £200,000 worth of cocaine through Gatwick Airport.

An 82-year-old man has been charged with attempting to smuggle £200,000 of cocaine into the UK. Credit: Press Assocation

The Home Office said Donald Garwood, of Tottenham, north London, was arrested at the airport's South Terminal along with 62-year-old Calvin Campbell, of Tottenham, by Border Force officers at 10.30am on Thursday.

Both men had just arrived on a flight from Montego Bay, in Jamaica, and between them are suspected of trying to bring in two kilos of cocaine with a street value of £200,000.

The pair, who remain in Border Force custody, were charged with attempting to import a class A drug and are expected to appear before Uxbridge Magistrates Court today.

Liquid cocaine worth £8m found hidden in carrot tins

Liquid cocaine thought to be worth around £8 million has been found hidden in carrot juice tins at Gatwick Airport.

The drug was found hidden in tins marked as carrot juice
The drug was found hidden in tins marked as carrot juice Credit: Press Association

The UK Border Agency says the tins, with 80kg of liquid cocaine inside, arrived at the airport from Jamaica last week.

Two people were charged with conspiracy to import drugs and three released on bail after the cocaine was traced to an address in Beckenham in south London.

Airports advise passengers to check for cancellations

Airports across the UK are advising passengers to check whether their flight has been cancelled with their airline before travelling and to allow extra travel time.

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Good morning from Heathrow. Wintery weather is forecast for today so please be sure to check flight info w/ yr airline: http://t.co/SBIQq9Ek

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Good morning from Gatwick. No snow yet but we are expecting it to fall this morning. We'll update you here with all the latest news.

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