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London's Gatwick Airport suspends all flights on drone report

20 December, 2018, 10:53 | Author: Sara Gill
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It reopened at around 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) Thursday morning but shut down again in 45 minutes when drones were spotted.

Gatwick advised travellers via Twitter to check flights scheduled for Thursday before heading to the airport.

All departures and arrivals were suspended at about 9pm last night after the drones were seen flying above the airport.

Two drones were spotted flying over the airfield at about 9.03pm this evening, with officials saying there had been further sightings since.

Thousands of passengers were affected by the delays at Gatwick airport, with many forced to wait aboard their aircrafts for extended periods of time.

Under British legislation, drones can not be flown near aircraft or airports, or at an altitude of over 400 feet (122 metres).

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.


Mr Woodroofe added that 20 police units from two forces were hunting for the pilot, saying: "The police are looking for the operator and that is the way to disable the drone".

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

"Our focus is now on working, with the airport community, to catch up on the flight schedule", the airport spokesman said.

Gatwick added that airlines had been working to provide delayed and diverted passenger with hotel accommodation or transport.

After spending about two hours on the plane, she said the couple were put on a bus to Gatwick, from where they had been due to fly to Istanbul.

It is unclear when flights will be allowed to leave or arrive at Gatwick today.

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