Everything we know about Gatwick disruption so far as runway closes

Gatwick airport passengers suffered disruption on Friday, 28 June, after the runway was closed following a problem with a departing British Airways plane.

At least a dozen flights have been diverted and many more are likely to be heavily delayed or cancelled after the flight abandoned its departure in the middle of the runway.

BA2279, a Boeing 777, aborted take-off at high speed, leading to overheated brakes and burst tyres.

No one is believed to have been hurt.

Here, The Independent travel correspondent Simon Calder explains everything we know so far.