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Lightning causes passenger delays at Gatwick Airport

A lightning strike has caused disruption and delays to hundreds of passengers at Gatwick Airport.

A spokeswoman said the strike, which happened overnight, led to a power dip in the area which caused electrical trips to the airport's systems.

There were delays at check-in and in baggage handling.

Gatwick said 14 flights had been delayed from the south terminal and extra staff been brought in.

'Busy weekend morning'

By 12:00 BST, Gatwick Airport said all the problems at check-in and with baggage handling had been cleared.

A spokeswoman said: "Due to the high volume of passengers and baggage today, a small number of flights were delayed and there were some longer than normal delivery times for arrival bags.

"Extra airport staff focussed on clearing a back log of bags and by mid-morning, all issues were resolved."

The airport said out of of 75 flights, two were delayed for more than an hour and 12 flights were delayed for more than 20 minutes.

The spokeswoman said the lightning strike caused a local power cut before 04:00.

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