Gatwick passengers to be reunited with baggage after power failure

Passengers who took off without their bags because of a power cut at Gatwick are expected to be reunited with them by today.

About 2,500 bags failed to be loaded onto aircraft following the outage at the North Terminal at about 3.30am on Saturday.

Electricity was promptly restored but the knock-on effect left eight baggage belts frozen until they were all brought back into action by 10.30am.

Gatwick apologised to travellers and said it was working “round the clock” with airlines and handling agents.

The airport said: “We have been working round the clock with our airlines and their handling agents to ensure bags were put on flights yesterday or this morning to reach their owners by tonight, or tomorrow at the very latest.

“For passengers waiting for their bags, we would advise they contact their airline direct for an update.”

There was no impact to flights as a result of the power supply problem, which affected the baggage systems.

Airlines were working together to clear the backlog of luggage left behind, the airport said, with two Thomson flights taking easyJet passengers’ bags to their destination.

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