London’s Gatwick airport shut down over drone sighting

20 December, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Sally Reid
  • London's Gatwick Airport has been closed after drones sighted Wednesday and Thursday

However, the airfield only reopened for a mere 44 minutes before being closed again after a further sighting of the drones.

Gatwick Airport has briefly suspended all flights after two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over the airfield.

Social media users spoke of flights being forced to head to other United Kingdom airports, including London Heathrow, Luton and Manchester.

A sighting of two drones flying over Gatwick Airport sparked major security concerns, causing the airport to close their runways.

He said two drones had been seen flying "over the perimeter fence and into where the runway operates from".

"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.

While most nations prohibit drones from flying in pathways reserved for airliners, the millions of small consumer devices that have been purchased around the world can't be tracked on radar, making it hard for the authorities to enforce the rules.

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He criticised the "irresponsible" act and 10,000 people had been affected by the closure, including 2,000 whose flights had been unable to take off.

"We also have the helicopter up in the air but the police advice is that it would be risky to seek to shoot the drone down because of what may happen to the stray bullets".

Many incoming flights have been diverted to other destinations in Britain and continental Europe.

FILE PHOTO dated 16/1/2016 of Gatwick airport which remains closed this morning after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning.

Thousands of people travelling home for Christmas are today facing chaos as Gatwick Airport suspends all flights. He added that passengers had been given the choice between a bus from Stansted to Gatwick, or flying back to Gatwick when the airport reopened.

He later added: "Update".

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