Gatwick flights diverted: advice for travellers

30th May 2012

Flights were diverted to other UK airports this morning as Gatwick closed its two runways because of fog and maintenance work

Flights into Gatwick last night were disrupted due to fog and maintenance work on one of the runways. Over 1,000 people were affected by diversions to Stansted, Luton, Bristol and Heathrow.

Planned engineering work was carried out overnight on the airport's main runway leaving the other one open but when visibility became too poor at 12.10am aeroplanes were sent to other UK airports. Twenty-four easyJet, British Airways and Thomson aircraft were diverted.

A spokesman for Gatwick 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.”

The main runway reopened at at 5.25am and coaches have been put on to return all passengers to Gatwick. No major delays are expected at the airport today but three BA short-haul flights departing this morning have been cancelled and eight have been delayed due to the disruption.

According to Gatwick's twitter account, all flights are now running smoothly; however, travellers should take the precaution of checking the airport's live flight information and their airline's website before setting off.

If you have been affected by diversion, disruption or cancellation then check with your carrier to see if you are eligible for compensation.

Useful links: BA; easyJet; Thomson

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