Passengers at London Stansted Airport in the UK were hit with delays after a hole was identified on the landing strip of the runway on Sunday.

The runway was shut down for emergency repairs, according to the airport.

A total of 11 inbound flights had to be diverted to other airports, including London Luton Airport and East Midlands Airport, reported BBC News.

In addition, the flights that were scheduled to depart from the airport were cancelled.

"Stansted Airport’s runway was temporarily closed between 5.30pm and 6.10pm to allow for minor repairs to be safely carried out."

A Stansted Airport spokesman told Evening Standard: “Stansted Airport’s runway was temporarily closed between 5.30pm and 6.10pm to allow for minor repairs to be safely carried out. 

“This temporary measure was deemed necessary for safety reasons.”

Passengers were made to wait in long queues while waiting to receive information about their respective flights.

The airport also stated that though flight services were resumed, 'some flights may be delayed or cancelled'.

On 9 May this year, several passengers were stranded at the airport due to a technical fault with its security scanner equipment, reported the Independent.