Gatwick Airport flights cancelled or diverted after 50 minute runway closure caused by British Airways flight

Flights to and from Gatwick Airport have been diverted to cancelled (June 28)
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A total 23 flights to or from Gatwick Airport were cancelled on Friday afternoon (June 28) with 16 more due to land at the UK’s second busiest airport diverted. This is after Gatwick’s main runway was closed for nearly an hour.

Emergency services including fire crews rushed to the side of a departing plane - reported to have been a British Airways flight. The runway has since reopened and is operating as normal.

A spokesperson for Gatwick Airways confirmed: “The main runway was closed for 50 minutes today (June 28) due to a departing flight having hot brakes.” They continued: “Safety is our top priority and London Gatwick’s dedicated airport fire service swiftly attended to support the aircraft.”

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The runway was confirmed to have reopened by 2pm but holidaymakers and those arriving in the UK faced knock-on disruption as a result of the incident. British Airways has been contacted for further details about the flight believed to have been impacted.

The Gatwick spokesperson added: “16 inbound flights were diverted during the closure. The runway is now open and operating as normal. 23 flights were cancelled and there are a number of delays due to knock-on impact.

“We are working with our airlines and other airport partners to minimise disruption. Passengers should contact their airlines directly for the latest flight information.”

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