Airport Chaos as 1500 passengers diverted away from Gatwick Airport landings: Belfast Telegraph

Posted: May 30, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Gatwick
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[Belfast Telegraph] Around 1,500 airline passengers faced disruption overnight after they were  diverted away from Gatwick Airport due to fog and maintenance work.

Planned Gatwick runway maintenance works scheduled for last night meant aircraft had to use the second runway which is a visual strip only.

Planned Gatwick runway maintenance works scheduled for last night meant aircraft had to use the second runway, which is a visual strip only. Photo: Skybrary.aero

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.

But the fog meant short and medium-haul flights had to be diverted to  Stansted, Luton, Bristol and Heathrow from around 12.10am onwards.

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.

Easyjet, British Airways and Thomson passengers were affected by the  disruption.

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.

Full Story a The Belfast Telegraph……


Belfast Telegraph
Wed, 30th May, 2012


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