Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Gatwick runway REOPENS after drone CHAOS caused flights to be suspended

Gatwick runway REOPENS after drone CHAOS caused flights to be suspended

The Airport later confirmed the problems were caused by two 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.

Gatwick Airport has been shut after reports of two drones flying over the airfield.

On social media, passengers reported being delayed on the runway for over an hour as they waited for updates from the pilot.

Gatwick has warned that disruptions could continue into Thursday.

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

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Airlive.net, a website run by aviation enthusiasts that collects and displays real-time flight data, said all incoming flights to Gatwick were being diverted to other United Kingdom airports, like Manchester and Birmingham, and as far away as Paris and Amsterdam.

A major global airport in Britain was forced to ground flights after reports of drones flying over the airfield, the airport said on Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear how many flights were affected in total, said Mr Mark Lever, a Gatwick spokesman.

Joe Bond's flight from Belfast was diverted to Birmingham.

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. "Which has made the delay better".

Oana Damian tweeted that her flight had been diverted to London Heathrow but no-one could disembark as there were no customs and ground handling operations in place to deal with the plane.

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