Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears

20 December, 2018, 10:50 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

Despite the runway re-opening briefly in the early hours of this morning, it was closed again after another drone sighting. All flights in and out were halted.

"We will update when we have suitable reassurance that it is appropriate to reopen the runway". Flying a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary was made illegal in Britain at the end of July.

All inbound and outbound flights at London's Gatwick airport have been suspended after drones were seen in its airspace, airport authorities have confirmed.

Flights were suspended between 9.03pm on 19 December and 3.01am on 20 December.

Gatwick normally operates a limited number of flights overnight.

Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield. "Our airlines have been working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at other airports to Gatwick by other means", the statement said.

London City Airport
London City Airport

"We 're sorry for the inconvenience today, but the safety of our passengers and staff is our no.1 priority", said Gatwick.

Passengers due to take off reported planes being stuck on the Tarmac for more than an hour.

One traveller whose flight was diverted tweeted that passengers were not being told when they could continue to their destination. Something that's not within our control.

On social media, passengers spoke of flights being diverted to other United Kingdom airports, including London Heathrow, Luton and Manchester.

Joe Bond's flight from Belfast was diverted to Birmingham.




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