Gatwick Airport: Drone sightings halt flights

Gatwick Airport: Drone sightings halt flights

Gatwick Airport: Drone sightings halt flights

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

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

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.

Flights at Gatwick Airport were suspended amid reports of two drones being flown over the airfield.

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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.

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Any problem at Gatwick causes a ripple effect throughout Britain and continental Europe, particularly during a holiday period when the air traffic control system is under strain.

Passengers have been delayed and flights diverted after two of the unmanned devices were spotted near a runway.

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.

Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is a major global airport near Crawley in West Sussex, southeast England, 29.5 miles south of central London.

"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.

The 27-year-old said passengers were having to get taxis back to Gatwick after they were finally allowed off the aircraft.

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