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[Sky News] Passengers are told to contact their airlines for the latest information after the runway is shut for over an hour to all flights.

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At least 19 incoming flights were diverted and dozens more delayed following a suspected oil spillage on the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport.

No planes were allowed to land or take off from around 10.15am on Monday until the runway reopened just over an hour later.

The airport urged passengers to check for an update on individual flights directly with their airlines.

An airport spokesman said “Arriving and departing flights recommenced from Gatwick at 11.38am.

“The runway closure has caused some flights to be diverted to other airports in the area and there will be delays to some departing flights

“Friends and family waiting for passengers should contact the relevant airline for the latest information.”

Details of the spillage, and its cause, were not disclosed, but reports suggested oil had leaked from a jet on landing.

Some passengers complained about…..

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Sky News
29th February, 2016


[Daily Mail] Thousands of holidaymakers endured widespread delays this morning after Manchester Airport ran out of fuel for the first time in its history, leaving 13 flights stranded on the Tarmac.

The airport uses three million litres of fuel a day

The airport uses three million litres of fuel a day. Photo: Wikipedia

Over a dozen flights were left stranded on the tarmac awaiting refuel this morning, 12 planes affected were European short haul flights to Spain, Portugal and Greece, one flight to Tunisia ws elayed by two-and-a-half hours.

Aircraft have been battling the problem at the airport since yesterday afternoon, eventually sparking delays today which saw passengers on one flight to Tunisia having to wait an extra two-and-a-half hours.

Airport officials had today rectified last night’s problem, which was caused by production problems at its supplier, the Essar refinery, near Ellesmere Port on Merseyside.

But a handful of airlines waiting to refuel to leave the airport will not be able to draw on the replenished stocks until 8.30am.

The airport confirmed this morning that of the 13 flights affected, one was to Tunisia, while the others were all short haul European flights to mainland destinations in the likes of Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Most flights were delayed for less that 30 minutes, but a flight to Tunisia scheduled to leave at 6am was delayed for two-and-a-half hours. An airport spokesman today insisted they were close to ‘business as usual’, but conceded there had been a ‘very small number of delays’

The problem arose after jet fuel supplies from Stanlow in nearby Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, were disrupted because of quality concerns at the oil refinery.

The spokesperson said: ‘Most of the flights are operating normally. There were no cancellations, no diversions, and most of the airlines have made contingency plans for fuel.

‘There have been a small number of delays while airlines that have brought a single load of fuel wait for fuel at 8.30am……

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By Martin Robinson and Chris Parsons
6th June 2012

Flights were temporarily disrupted this morning after a hot air balloon flew over Gatwick Airport in fog.

Flights were temporarily disrupted after a hot air balloon flew over Gatwick Airport Photo: PA/Reuters

Flights were temporarily disrupted after a hot air balloon flew over Gatwick Airport Photo: PA/Reuters

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport in West Sussex said all departures were temporarily suspended just after 9am for safety reasons when the hot air balloon was spotted, although she did not know where it had been located.

Only five departing flights were disrupted for ten minutes during the delay while the air balloon moved away, the spokeswoman added.

She said the planes were lining up on the runway and waiting to take off by 9.20am.

“The airport is not closed and arrival flights are still landing, but departing flights were suspended for safety reasons.”

Officers at Sussex Police are trying to spot the balloon in the sky but have been unable to locate it in fog. The force helicopter at Shoreham Airport has been grounded by the weather.

“We are aware and are trying to assist in locating the balloon,” a force spokesman said. “We’ve not been able to do anything about it because it’s really foggy. We’ve had officers looking into the sky and they can’t see anything.”

Read the full story at the Daily Telegraph here….

By Matthew Holehouse
13th April 2012