Gatwick Airport Suspends Flights After Drones Reportedly Spotted Over Airfield

Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

Gatwick announced that the runway had reopened at about 3am - but just 45 minutes later it was shut again.

The runway at London's Gatwick Airport remains closed this morning following reports of drones flying close to the airport - despite briefly reopening overnight.

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

Flights at Gatwick Airport have been halted amid reports of drones being flown over the airfield.

There have since been more reported sightings of drones, with Gatwick forced to wait for reassurance from the police as to when opening the runway is safe.

He blasted the "irresponsible" act, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme that 10,000 people had been affected by the closure, including 2,000 whose flights had been unable to take off.

According to the airport's Twitter account, as of the time of publication, the airport remained closed.

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Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted.

"We have had to suspend flights while this is investigated", the airport management said on Twitter.

"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.

Gatwick is the eighth-busiest airport in Europe and sits behind Mumbai as the world's busiest single-runway air hub.

After spending about two hours on the plane, she said the couple were put on a bus to Gatwick, from where they had been due to fly to Istanbul.

He later added: "Update".

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