'Bomb threat' sparked emergency response at Gatwick Airport

An 'apparent bomb threat' sparked an emergency response at Gatwick Airport on Sunday (December 19).

Monday, 20th December 2021, 8:43 am
Updated Monday, 20th December 2021, 8:45 am

Sussex Police said a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, that was due to arrive at Gatwick, landed in a 'remote area of the airport' at 9.20am after an 'apparent bomb threat'.

Emergency services attended and it was 'swiftly established' that the call 'did not relate to a genuine threat', police confirmed.

"Everyone on board left the aircraft and passengers went on their way," a spokesperson added.

Sussex Police said a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, that was due to arrive at Gatwick, landed in a 'remote area of the airport'

"We worked with Gatwick Airport management and with Air Traffic Control to ensure the incident was resolved quickly and safely and there was minimal impact on the normal routine of the airport."

Police said an investigation into the threat is now underway.