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Tuesday 17th of June 2014
It was a strange sight having lightening early in the morning according to the staff at Easirent Gatwick Airport Car Hire starting on the early shift on Saturday.
There were lightening strikes at Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning which caused delays for hundreds of passengers, with a number of them waiting up to two hours for their luggage. The lightening caused a power dip in the local area with electrical trips to Gatwick Airport systems. This caused the impact on check-in and baggage for passengers.
A Gatwick spokeswoman said, “We try and get bags out to people within 55 minutes of them landing, and there’s been seven flights where they’ve had to wait more than 55 minutes, so we record that as over our target.”
Overall out of 75 flights only people on two had to wait for more than two hours for luggage and only twelve flights were delayed for over twenty minutes.
Gatwick Airport said in a statement, “Due to a lightning strike in the early hours of this morning there was a power dip in the local area. As a result there were numerous electrical trips to Gatwick’s systems, including check-in and baggage. We recovered all systems quickly but due to the volume of passengers this morning we have been focusing on clearing the backlog of bags as quickly as possible to get passengers away on their flights.”