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‘Extreme weather’ brings further disruption to Gatwick Airport

Scheduled flights to and from Dublin and Edinburgh are amongst those impacted by adverse weather across the UK.



Gatwick Airport has warned members of the public that there could be further cancellations and delays to flights today as parts of the UK continue the battle with extreme weather conditions.

Posting on Gatwick Airport’s website as well as social media sites, the alert advised those with flights to allow ‘plenty of extra time’ for journeys:

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“Due to continuing extreme weather across the UK and Europe, there are some cancellations and delays to flights today. Please check the status of your flight with your airline before leaving for Gatwick and do not travel to the airport if it is cancelled. If flying, please allow plenty of extra time for your journey.”

Some Airlines with flights scheduled to and from Gatwick have kept their passengers updated via Twitter:

The weather at Dublin Airport last night showed the dangerous conditions that are clearly unsuitable for flying:

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Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!

Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.



In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business.  None more so than at an airport.

“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”

Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.

Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:

“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.

It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest.  That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.

The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”

But what is it?

The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers.  Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.

The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner.  Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.

But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.

Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.

Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.

Smiles on the faces of passengers.

The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.

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