'Business as usual' at Gatwick Airport despite baggage fears

Staff at Gatwick Airport have said it is "business as usual" today despite fears over potential delays at baggage reclaim.

Gatwick Airport is bringing in its own staff to help with the luggage crisis amid fears there could be further travel chaos this weekend.

Staff shortages affecting baggage-handling company Swissport led to some passengers at the West Sussex airport having to leave without their luggage last weekend.

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Background to the Gatwick baggage problems

  • Carriers using Swissport at Gatwick (and all major UK airports) include British Airways, Virgin, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.
  • Swissport isIt is supposed to deliver bags from each flight within 55 minutes. owned by a French private equity firm, and serves 27 airlines at Gatwick (there are two other baggage handling firms a the airport).
  • It is supposed to deliver bags from each flight within 55 minutes.
  • It's reported that Monarch Airlines is ditching Swissport and Virgin is in discussions to ensure an improved performance.
  • The company claims last weekend's problems were caused by a level of off schedule activity - or planes arriving or taking off earlier or later than planned.

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