Gatwick Airport posts flight information on white boards after digital screens stop working

London Gatwick Airport, Surrey, UK Passenger air bridge.

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An IT issue is triggering London’s Gatwick Airport to embrace an old-fashioned technique to passing on info to travelers.


Gatwick Airport needed to publish flight info on white boards on Monday after its digital screens stopped working due to an IT problem.

The airport, which is 30 miles south of London and Britain’s second busiest, said the problem was an outcome of “an ongoing issue with Vodafone,” its IT supplier, and directed travelers to the “temporary flight boards” or to listen for statements.

A “handful of people had missed their flights” as an outcome of the problem, an airport representative informed Sky News, however Reuters reported it hasn’t triggered any flight hold-ups.

The issue appeared to have actually been solved by Monday night.

“Our engineers have fixed a damaged fibre cable which is used by Gatwick Airport to display flight information,” a Vodafone representative stated in a declaration. “We are very sorry for any problems caused by this issue.”

Gatwick Airport didn’t instantly react to an ask for more remark.

“I’m at Gatwick airport and the screens are broken, so they are announcing boarding gates with a white board!” tweeted visitor RaulMarcos “They have a guy listening to a walkie talkie, erasing and updating the table!”

First released at 5: 11 a.m. PT.
Update at 9: 30 a.m. PT: Adds Vodafone stating the repair work are total.

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