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Gatwick runway REOPENS after drone CHAOS caused flights to be suspended

20 December, 2018, 10:28 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

All flights in and out were halted.

Passengers have been warned disruption could continue on Thursday.

A police helicopter circulated the airport looking for the drones.

Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield.

A statement said: "Following reports of two drones flying over the Gatwick Airport airfield, we have had to suspend flights while this is investigated".

"Passengers due to take off reported planes being stuck on the Tarmac for more than an hour", the publication added.

Other fed up fliers had to be diverted hundreds of miles away, with one flight even ending up in Bordeaux, France.

London City Airport
London City Airport

According to Flight Radar, more than two dozen flights bound for Gatwick had been diverted by 11pm.

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

The airline responded: "Sorry about that, Elly".

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

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

All flights to and from the airport were suspended on Wednesday night with planes being diverted to other United Kingdom airports, including Manchester, Luton and Stanstead.

Joe Bond's flight from Belfast was diverted to Birmingham, and he joked on Twitter: "From the sound of the stewards we might be staying here forever".

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