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Gatwick travellers vent amid Christmas disruption

Some frustrated passengers affected by travel disruption at Gatwick Airport after a partial power failure in its north terminal have taken to Twitter to express their anger.

Passengers gather at Gatwick terminal amid disruption

A passenger whose flight has been cancelled after disruption at Gatwick airport has tweeted this picture of fellow travellers gathered in the terminal.


Gatwick to operate 'a full service' on Christmas Day

Gatwick Airport has said that a full service will be in operation today after a power failure in North Terminal caused widespread disruption on Christmas Eve.

  1. Martha Fairlie - ITV News reporter

Many understandably angry people at Gatwick tonight

Thousands of people are understandably very angry at Gatwick, so much so that the airport police had to be called in to calm down the situation.

Perhaps luckily, because of rail disruption, most of those people had arrived by road today and have been able to leave.

However, there are several hundred passengers who are stranded at the airport - their plans for Christmas obviously ruined.

EasyJet customer service line 'open till midnight'

EasyJet says its customer service line will stay open until midnight, after many passengers have been left stranded at Gatwick Airport. A power outage at North Terminal has led to cancellations and delays.

The airline has been forced to cancel 38 flights in total today and a number have been delayed.


Police 'calm upset passengers' at Gatwick

A passenger has tweeted a picture that appears to show a police officer attempting to calm angry people at Gatwick Airport, where a power outage at North Terminal has led to cancellations and delays.

Passengers claim police stand in for staff at Gatwick

Some passengers at Gatwick Airport are reporting that police officers have taken over some duties at Gatwick in the place of airport and airline staff.

ITV News cannot independently confirm these reports at present.

Update on severe weather and travel disruption

  • Five people have died as a result of poor conditions on the roads or after entering fast-flowing rivers
  • Environment Agency has almost 370 flood warnings and alerts in force
  • Many trains services have been delayed or cancelled
  • Conditions on the roads remain variable with localised flooding
  • All flights (except BA) are departing from Gatwick's South Terminal following power outages. Limited train services to and from the airport.

Gatwick: Departing flights to leave from South Terminal

Gatwick have announced that all departing flights would now be leaving from its South Terminal.

Severe weather conditions caused a power failure in the North Terminal causing widespread disruption to passengers who faced delays checking-in and were unable to access toilets, coffee shops and restaurants.

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