Gatwick Airport: Drone sightings halt flights

20 December, 2018, 10:53 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

Ms Jaworska said it was "strange" that two drones had led to the closure of the airport. The runway was reopened briefly last night just after 3.00am but closed again shortly afterwards.

Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is a major worldwide airport near Crawley in West Sussex, southeast England, 29.5 miles south of central London.

Honor Ireland said her flight had ended up at Stansted, but her vehicle was parked at Gatwick.

Gatwick Airport in the UK's Sussex has halted its operations, including suspending numerous flights, after reports emerged of more than one drone flying in the airfield, global media outlets said.

Police and aviation authorities were still investigating early on Thursday as incoming flights were diverted to other locations in the United Kingdom and nearby countries.

As the Christmas getaway starts, flights in and out of Gatwick have been suspended after drones were spotted in the area.

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It is illegal to fly drones within 1 kilometer of an airfield and a police investigation was underway, Gatwick said.

Gatwick apologised on Twitter to affected passengers, adding that safety was its "foremost priority".

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

British Airways (BA) told one customer who complained via Twitter, that Gatwick had "stopped all arrivals and departures due to a drone".

A major global airport in Britain was forced to ground flights after reports of drones flying over the airfield, the airport said on Thursday.

Some airline passengers reported heightened tensions on some diverted flights, resulting in police involvement.

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