Gatwick Airport nearly back to normal after chaos caused by plane's burst tyre

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Gatwick Airport is expected to run a “near normal” service today following huge disruption to holidaymakers’ journeys.

Passengers’ journeys were thrown into chaos when a plane’s tyre burst, with many experiencing delays of more than eight hours.

Travellers complained of “carnage” and some flights were diverted to other airports, including Heathrow and Cardiff.

Gatwick issued a statement on Tuesday saying it is “planning to operate a near normal flight schedule”.

The airport added: “This follows flight delays and cancellations yesterday caused by a returning Air Canada Rouge aircraft with a burst tyre and resultant runway checks which closed our runway for periods yesterday.

“Gatwick Airport apologies for the inconvenience experienced and advises passengers to check with their airline for the latest information regarding their flight before travelling to the airport.”

Flights were forced to use Gatwick’s back-up runway on Monday after the airport’s main strip was closed following the incident involving the Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto.

The plane was leaving Gatwick at 1.16pm on Monday when its tyre suffered a blowout.

It made an emergency landing at the airport just under an hour later, triggering the disruption.


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