Repeated drone sightings halt flights at Gatwick Airport

Repeated drone sightings halt flights at Gatwick Airport

The airport warned the disruption was expected to continue into Thursday and advised everyone flying or collecting someone from Gatwick to check the status of their flight.

More than two dozen arriving planes have been diverted, according to flight-tracking service Flightradar24.

Flights through Gatwick Airport have been suspended after reports of drones flying over the runways.

"If there is anybody at Luton airport that has been diverted from Gatwick airport and needs a lift home, let me know", he wrote on Twitter.

There were multiple reports of drone sightings since the initial report of two drones at 9.03pm local time on Wednesday (Thursday 5.03am, Singapore time), Gatwick said in an earlier statement.

"We will update when we have suitable reassurance that it is appropriate to reopen the runway".




The runway was briefly re-opened at about 3am, the airport said, but forced to close again about 45 minutes later amid "a further sighting of drones". It is thought more than 50 flights were affected. A police helicopter was dispatched to track down the vehicle and its operator, so far without success.

One of Britain's busiest airports has been closed after drones were seen over the airfield, stranding passengers just days before Christmas.

Some people reported being left stuck on planes for several hours while they waited to find out what was going on.

Aviation website airlive.net said inbound flights were diverted to a range of United Kingdom airports as well as Amsterdam and Paris.

"Our airlines are working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at other airports to Gatwick by other means, and Gatwick staff are looking after passengers in our terminals", the airport said.

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