Gatwick Airport hit by baggage disruption

A baggage issue at Gatwick Airport has seen a number of flights depart without passengers’ luggage this morning.

The airport said bags would follow as soon as possible.

No further information was provided on the nature of the fault.

Long queues were reported snaking around the check-in desks in both the North and South terminals. 

A Gatwick spokesperson said: “A problem with the baggage sortation system that occurred at Gatwick has been rectified and the airport is recovering from this morning’s disruption.

“Gatwick would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to passengers whose aircraft departed without their bag.

“The airport is working closely with our airlines to forward all bags to passengers at the earliest opportunity.

“Arrivals, and those travelling with carry-on baggage only, were unaffected by this issue and all bags and passengers were security screened as normal.”