If you wondered why Manston appeared rather busy on Thursday morning, it was because of a 'SNAFU' at Gatwick, which caused a number of passenger jets to divert in to Thanet.
More than a hundred planes were grounded and up to 2,000 passengers were left stranded after ice and light snow closed Gatwick's single runway for four hours.
The closure started around 6am and was over shortly after 10:30am, by which time at least 100 inbound and outbound flights had been affected, all because they forgot to de-ice the runway which they only started to clear after 6am, far too late for the in-bound aircraft stacking above Kent.
A spokesman for the Met Office said Gatwick did not subscribe to its Open Runway service, which would have flagged up the conditions. 'I don't know where they get their weather reports from,' added the spokesman.