London's Gatwick Airport suspends all flights on drone report

Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

A busy airport 43km south of Britain's capital, London, Gatwick is hosting a variety of short- and long-haul flights and serving as a major hub for the budget carrier easyJet.

Flights at London's Gatwick airport resumed on Thursday (Dec 19) after the UK's second-busiest airport halted them for six hours to investigate reports of two drones flying over its airfield, inconveniencing passengers days before the Christmas holiday period. Flights were grounded and inbound planes were diverted elsewhere.

Gatwick has warned that disruptions could continue into Thursday.

Ms Jaworska said it was "strange" that two drones had led to the closure of the airport.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Gatwick said it was focusing on working with the airport community to catch up on the flight schedule.

There have been occasional reports of drones almost hitting commercial airliners in the London area in recent years.

The airport normally operates throughout the night but the number of flights is restricted because of noise limitations.

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Lyndsey Clarke, from Southend on Sea, said she was stuck on a plane for more than four hours after it was re-routed to Stansted.

The second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom has had to divert flights to Stansted, Luton and Heathrow.

Rashna Havewalla said she and her fellow passengers were sat waiting inside their aircraft at Manchester.

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Honor Ireland said her flight had ended up at Stansted, but her vehicle was parked at Gatwick.

The airline said earlier that the situation was not within its control.

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