Staff had to open doors inside the airport manually after the software connected to a new swipe card access system failed. Passengers had to wait on board planes until the doors were released.
23 flights were affected at the airport which is owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).
A spokesperson for the airport said the problem was fixed by 6am Sunday morning.
LONDON NEWS IN BRIEF
MON 7 MAY 2012
- Gatwick Airport aims to rival Heathrow after signing Air China deal: Telegraph (The Airport Informer)
- Delays at Gatwick after plane makes emergency landing (guardian.co.uk)
- BAA To Sell Edinburgh Airport To Gatwick Firm (news.sky.com)