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London Gatwick airport extends its flight cap for a further two weeks

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Last week we reported that Gatwick had introduced a cap on the daily number of flights that can operate due to sustained sickness amongst the NATS air traffic control team at the airport.

Whilst initially only due to operate for a week, Gatwick and NATS have now agreed to extend the cap for a further two weeks, until Sunday 15th October.

Gatwick extends its flight cap for a further two weeks

Only 800 daily movements (each movement is a take-off or landing) are permitted, effectively capping the number of flights at 400.

Last week 164 flights were cancelled, the equivalent of 2.8% of overall capacity.

Whilst it clearly affects some passengers, the fall-out appears to have been minimal. Hopefully this means that airlines have managed to mitigate the majority of disruption by cancelling less busy flights.

NATS will hopefully get its act together before the autumn half term, which begins at the end of October.

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