Gatwicks first class ops team battle heaviest fall snow since 1965
It may have faced closures over the last 2 days, but that is certainly not through want of trying. But then when you are faced with the heaviest snowfalls seen in the area for 45 years, it is hardly surprising.
Our Director of Training, Dave Perry decided to find out how his snow training courses were put into action (and attempt to lend a hand) as over 30cms of snow was dumped onto the airfield over 48hrs. The feedback could not have been more glowing for the Gatwick Airfield Operations team.
The Airside Training Centre was converted into a rest area for the snow clearing team as they worked around the clock clearing 1.8 million square feet of runway space and well over 150,000 tonnes of snow.
Mr Perry described the dedication of girls & guys of the team that got the airport back up and running again against the continuing heavy snowfall and low temperatures as ‘inspiring’ and the professionalism ‘exemplary’
To the group of people that really do keep the airport running, a big thank you. All who actually know what scale of operation it takes to achieve what you have would love to see some of the national paper reporters attempt to duplicate!