Gatwick disruption costs airport just £1.4m as airlines take brunt of cost

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The Christmas disruption at Gatwick has cost the airport just £1.4m, a fraction of the cost of what airlines had to pay.

According to a report from the Telegraph, the figure lost was ‘immaterial’ to the recent yearly financial report published by the airport.

However, it went on to detail that chief executive Stewart Wingate and finance head Nick Dunn confirmed that the amount of lost revenue came to just £1.4m.

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The figure would therefore be just a tenth of what an auditor would consider to be ‘material’ to its results.

It has been estimated that the disruption, widely reported to have been caused by a drone although never proved, cost airlines more than £50m, with easyJet, Gatwick’s largest carrier, being left with a bill of £15m for lost revenue and customer compensation.

The police were also left with a bill which totalled £459,000.

Despite the mass of reports and so-called sightings, which suggested that the delays and disruption were caused by drones, there has been no evidence to confirm this as the case.

No verifiable video footage or images have been released of the suspected drones and the culprit behind the disruption is still yet to be identified.

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