STAFF shortages at Glasgow Airport have caused a nightmare for travellers with some flights forced to divert to Prestwick.

A lack of air traffic control workers has sparked delays as the airport had to temporarily close a runway.

Two EasyJet flights from London to Glasgow were diverted to Prestwick Airport in Ayr, about 37 miles away.

In a notice to passengers, EasyJet said: "We’re very sorry that your flight has now been diverted.

"This is due to the temporary suspension of air traffic control services at Glasgow airport due to sickness.

"We plan to refuel and continue your flight as soon as possible once air traffic control services have been restored at Glasgow Airport. Your crew will keep you up to date."

One passenger told The Scottish Sun: "We were due on an EasyJet flight to Gatwick at 10.30am but you could see from the flight tracker that the incoming flight suddenly got diverted to Prestwick. Then there were announcements about the airfield being closed and no explanation.

"Flights are being delayed for about 90 minutes by the looks of it. The airport is busy with holidaymakers and people aren’t happy.”

A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: "Operations were suspended between 10am and 10.30am due to a localised air traffic control issue. This resulted in a small number of short delays and two inbound aircraft to divert to Prestwick. Both flights are now returning to Glasgow Airport.

“We would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience.”