Published on : Monday, June 13, 2016
The passengers had to face several hours of delay as a hole was discovered in the tarmac of the main runway of Gatwick. The flights were diverted to either Stansted or Bournemouth Airport.
Even after one hour of the discovery, when the flights were allowed to land or take off, the flights were not being received by the airport in West Sussex.
According to Harry Evans and some other fellow passengers, who tried to travel from Copenhagen to Gatwick, were informed by the airport authority that the runway is closed because of a storm that flooded the runway. Then the airport authority discovered the hole, Evans added.
Gatwick spokesperson commented, “Our main runway was temporarily closed at 15.48 while we investigated a reported issue. We switched our operation to the northern runway to keep flights departing and arriving from Gatwick.”
He also added, “There will, however, be some delays to flights and cancellations because of this. The safety and security of our airport and passengers is our number one priority, but we’d like to apologise to passengers impacted today. Passengers should check with their airline as to the status of their flight.”
During the diversion and delays, the airport authority twitted and apologized by saying, “Our runway is temporarily closed while we carry out investigations. Apologies if you’re impacted. We’ll update you shortly.”