London's Gatwick Airport remain shut due to drone sightings

20 December, 2018, 10:55 | Author: Frank Williams
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Gatwick advised travellers via Twitter to check flights scheduled for Thursday before heading to the airport.

In a statement from on Twitter, Gatwick Airport has announced that they have suspended all flights, both arriving and departing. The runway was reopened briefly last night just after 3.00am but closed again shortly afterwards.

He said there were two drones which had been seen flying "over the perimeter fence and into where the runway operates from".

Gatwick Airport, the second-busiest in Britain, said on Wednesday it had suspended flights while it investigated reports of two drones flying over its airfield.

Airlive.net, a website run by aviation enthusiasts that collects and displays real-time flight data, said all incoming flights to Gatwick were being diverted to other United Kingdom airports, like Manchester and Birmingham, and as far away as Paris and Amsterdam.

Sussex Police launched an investigation and Gatwick promised to reopen the runway following "suitable reassurance".

Gatwick is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe and sits behind Mumbai as the world's busiest single-runway air hub.

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The airport apologised for any inconvenience but said safety was its "foremost priority".

The statement read: "Due to drone activity on the airfield at Gatwick, all arriving and departing flights are now suspended".

He criticised the "irresponsible" act and 10,000 people had been affected by the closure, including 2,000 whose flights had been unable to take off.

The airline said earlier that the situation was not within its control.

Gatwick Airport said airlines were "working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation" or provide alternative travel options.

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