Yesterday saw hundreds of Gatwick-bound passengers delayed and diverted as fog settled over the airport.

Airport news for Gatwick,Flights on 31/05/2012.

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Yesterday saw hundreds of Gatwick-bound passengers delayed and diverted as fog settled over the airport.

The situation was worsened, officials said, by overnight emergency repair work on the facility’s main runway. As a result, flights carrying more than 1,000 passengers were forced to land at Heathrow and other airports surrounding the capital early yesterday morning.

Reports said that a total of two-dozen flights were diverted amid the ordeal, which a spokesman for Gatwick said came as a result of both limited visibility and repair work that had taken longer than expected. He said that the work being done on the landing strip was maintenance work for vital “visual” components for incoming aircraft.

Among airlines affected by the ordeal were British Airways, Thomson and easyJet, which in addition to Heathrow were re-routed to Stansted, Bristol and Luton. Only three departing flights were cancelled – all of which were BA short-haul flights – whilst eight departures were delayed until the runway re-opened at around 06:00.

However, the situation cleared up midday, after the fog lifted across the southeast, although isolated showers remained in some areas. The fog came following several days of hot weather across most of Britain, which meteorologists say will partially return for a brief second round until the weekend.

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