London’s Gatwick airport shut down over drone sighting

Passengers on board a plane diverted to Heathrow from Gatwick because of the drones

Gatwick announced the runway had reopened at about 3am on Thursday, but 45 minutes later it was shut again after a further sighting of drones.

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

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.

The Christmas getaway was disrupted at Gatwick Airport when flights were suspended last night after two drones were reportedly spotted flying over the airfield.

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

In their latest statement, Gatwick advised: "Please do not travel to the airport without checking with your airline first". It is thought more than 50 flights were affected.

Passengers faced severe disruption as some flights were unable to leave the tarmac while others were diverted to other airports.

"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.

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The airport said it was investigating the incident and apologised to customers for the inconvenience after the runway was closed.

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.

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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