Around 1,500 airline passengers faced disruption overnight after they were diverted away from Gatwick Airport due to fog and maintenance work. A total of 24 flights were forced to touch down at other UK airports due to the combination of poor visibility and runway repairs, a Gatwick spokesman said.
Engineers were carrying out planned maintenance work to the airport's main runway overnight, leaving just the second landing strip open. But the fog meant short and medium-haul flights had to be diverted to Stansted, Luton, Bristol and Heathrow from around 12.10am onwards.
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