Drones on airfield prompt UKs Gatwick Airport to pause operations

Drones on airfield prompt UKs Gatwick Airport to pause operations

Gatwick advised anyone flying from the airport, or collecting someone, to check the status of their flight. The runway was reopened briefly last night just after 3.00am but closed again shortly afterwards.

There were multiple reports of drone sightings since the initial report of 2 drones at 2103 GMT on Wednesday, Gatwick said.

London's Gatwick airport was forced to suspend flights overnight on Wednesday after two drones were repeatedly sighted over the airfield.

Flights due to arrive into Gatwick have been diverted to other airports, some to Paris and Amsterdam.

'We apologise to any affected passengers for this inconvenience but the safety is our foremost priority'.

Passengers have been delayed and flights diverted after two of the unmanned devices were spotted near a runway.

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

British Airways confirmed that "Gatwick have stopped all arrivals and departures due to a drone".

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. "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.

He said the situation would be reviewed at 8am.

Gatwick is 50 km (30 miles) south of London and competes with Europe's busiest airport, Heathrow, 32 km (20 miles) west of London.

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