Gatwick Main Runway Reopens

5 September 2016, 08:32 | Updated: 5 September 2016, 15:38

Gatwick Airport's main runway has been reopened after closing for several hours.

Flights were forced to circle the skies above one of the UK's busiest transport hubs when it had to open its alternative runway at around 7.40pm on Sunday.

The full closure, which lasted around 10 minutes, was a ``precautionary measure'' after something was discovered during an inspection of the runway, an airport spokeswoman said.

Approximately eight aircraft were diverted and several flights were delayed.

Gatwick is a single-runway airport, but has a second runway on site, which is only used when the main runway is unavailable.

The airport's twitter account tweeted: ``Our main runway is now open and operating and we are working hard to get you on your way.

``We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this evening. Your safety is our number 1 priority.''

A number of passengers expressed their confusion on social media after discovering their flights had been diverted to a different airport.

One user, tweeting under the name Isobel, said: ``Major turbulence the whole plane journey home and then we're diverted to an airport miles away from Gatwick because the runways shut''.

Marie Leonard tweeted: ``What's happening @Gatwick_Airport tonight? Our flight has been diverted''.

Another passenger using the name Charla wrote: ``flight delayed then diverted to Southampton because all runways at Gatwick are closed ... great''.