Earlier today an Air Canada flight was forced to return to Gatwick when it experienced a burst tyre on take-off.
Gatwick earlier closed the runway to allow a full inspection to take place putting the back-up runway into operation. The main runway is now operational but delays are occurring.
The Air Canada flight returned back to Gatwick where passengers were then disembarked.
Passengers then had to wait while staff informed them hotels would be made available.
The latest information from the airport for all passengers is to check with their airline as to the current situation as delays are being reported across the airlines.
The damaged tyre of the flight can be clearly seen in this photo taken be one of the passengers.
Video shows appears to show Gatwick staff trying to sort out the runway.
Twitter has been awash with passengers stuck on flights unable to leave. Some flights have been diverted to other airports and these have also resulted in passengers unable to get food while they waited on the tarmac.
@ThomasCookCares stuck on the runway at stansted for over an hour and a half. Should have landed at Gatwick. No water or food? Help!!!
— Nick Sharp (@sharpyt24) July 17, 2017
But the delays have caused chaos at the airport with so many people waiting for information on their flights.
Despite the delays passengers were still let into the terminals which caused even more problems.
Even the information desk at the airport was brought to an almost standstill.
The latest statement from Gatwick reads:
Flights at Gatwick are severely disrupted following an incident involving an Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto, which returned safely to Gatwick after experiencing a burst tyre on take-off.
There will be delays and cancellations across the rest of the day and we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to passengers. Passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport for information about their specific flight.
Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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