[Belfast Telegraph] Around 1,500 airline passengers faced disruption overnight after they were diverted away from Gatwick Airport due to fog and maintenance work.
A total of 24 flights were unable to land at the airport and forced to touch down at other UK destinations as far away as Bristol due to the combination of poor visibility and runway repairs, a Gatwick spokesman said.
Engineers were carrying out planned maintenance work to the airport’s main runway overnight, leaving just the second landing strip open.
A Gatwick spokesman said: “We had some planned runway maintenance works scheduled for last night which all flight operators were informed about and when we do that we have to use our second runway which is a visual strip.
“We then suffered some fog which led to 24 aircraft being diverted.”
All diverted passengers have been or are in the process of being transferred by coach back to Gatwick.
Three BA short-haul flights due to depart Gatwick have been cancelled because of the disruption and eight flights have been delayed, the spokesman added.
The airport said they hope everything will return to normal by 5.30am.
Wed, 30th May, 2012
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