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Gatwick Airport: Some flights diverted to other airports

Gatwick Airport officials have said that some flights have been diverted to other airports following an oil spillage on a runway.

From 11:38am today flights recommenced arrivals and departures from Gatwick Airport.

A runway closure has caused some arriving flights to be diverted to a range of other airports in the area and there will be delays to some departing flights as a result.

Friends and family waiting for passengers should contact the relevant airline for the latest information‘

– Gatwick Airport spokesperson

Gatwick Airport runway to 'reopen shortly' after oil spill

Officials at Gatwick Airport have confirmed a closed runway will "reopen shortly".

The runway has been closed temporarily since 10.15am due to an oil spillage on the runway, but will reopen shortly.

Some flights have been diverted to a range of 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.

– Gatwick Airport spokesperson

Runway at Gatwick closed to all flights because of spillage

Runway at Gatwick closed to all flights because of spillage. Credit: PA

The runway at Gatwick has been closed to all flights because of a spillage, a spokesman for the airport said.

No flights have been able to land or take off at the West Sussex airport since around 10.30am.

An airport spokesman said a number of incoming flights have been forced to remain in the air and the "priority" will be to allow them to land as soon as safety checks have taken place on the runway.

The cause of the spillage has not been confirmed.

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Counter-terrorism police arrest four British men at Gatwick

Counter-terrorism police have arrested four British men at Gatwick Airport. Officers detained the men, in their 30s, after they were refused entry to Turkey last week.

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They were arrested under the Civil Aviation Act 1982 after being flown back to the UK on Saturday.

On Saturday May 2, officers from the Met's counter-terrorism command arrested four men aged 36, 38, 37 and 32.

They were arrested for an offence under the Civil Aviation Act 1982.

The men were taken to south London police stations and bailed to return to a date in mid-June.

– Met Police

MPs press for quick decision over airport expansion

A passenger plane prepares for take off at Gatwick Airport Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Nearly 60 MPs, including the leader of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, are pressing for a speedy decision by the next government on whether a new runway should be built at Gatwick or Heathrow Airport.

Graham Brady told the Independent on Sunday: "It is critical we address the issue of airport infrastructure as soon as possible - we've clearly put off a decision for decades now.

"It's important we make sure there is at least one new runway built in South-east England to prevent us falling behind other countries in terms of trade."

The paper reports that concern is growing in the House of Commons that the main parties have not made a commitment to backing the final option selected by the Airports Commission led by Sir Howard Davies. The commission is due to report in the summer.

Consultation on airport option comes to a close

A plane arrives at Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Airports Commission consultation closes today on increasing the UK's long-term air travel capacity.

The commission has been asking people for their views on the three short-listed options for a new runway in the south east of England - a second runway a Gatwick, a third runway at Heathrow, and an extension to the existing northern runway at Heathrow to operate as two separate runways.

Chaired by Howard Davies, the commission is expected to make its final recommendations following the General Election. It has already rejected the idea of an inner Thames Estuary hub airport backed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

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