Chaos at Gatwick Airport as drone activity leads to the suspension of flights 3 years ago

Chaos at Gatwick Airport as drone activity leads to the suspension of flights

Not ideal for Christmas.

Gatwick Airport has closed some of its runways after reports of drones flying close to the airport.

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Flights in and out of Gatwick were suspended at approximately 9pm on Wednesday night after two drones were spotted near the airport.

Gatwick announced that the runway had reopened at about 3am on Thursday, but 45 minutes later, it was closed again.

Gatwick Airport released the following statement: “Following reports of two drones flying over the Gatwick airport airfield at around 9pm, the airfield was closed from 21:03 on Wednesday 19 December to 03:01 on Thursday 20 December. Unfortunately, a further sighting of drones in the vicinity of the airport has forced the runway to be closed again from 03:45 as we investigate the sighting alongside Sussex police."

The statement adds: "We will update when we have suitable reassurance that it is appropriate to reopen the runway.”

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Various flights were unable to leave the tarmac while others were diverted to different airports.

The Guardian have reported that some passengers were sent as far as Amsterdam and Paris.

All passengers flying into, or departing from Gatwick, are advised to check the status of their flight.

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