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

The runway was reopened briefly last night just after 3.00am but closed again shortly afterwards.

Gatwick advised travellers via Twitter to check flights scheduled for Thursday before heading to the airport.

Flights due to arrive into Gatwick have been diverted to other airports, some to Paris and Amsterdam.

Flights through Gatwick Airport have been suspended after reports of drones flying over the runways.

Early morning services between Jersey and Gatwick have been affected, but passengers are being advised to check in as normal.

"We will update when we have suitable reassurances that it is appropriate to re-open the runway".

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A spokeswoman for the airport added that airlines were working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport for those whose flights were diverted.

Aviation website airlive.net said inbound flights were diverted to a range of United Kingdom airports as well as Amsterdam and Paris. Flying a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary was made illegal in Britain at the end of July.

According to the BBC, "Two of the unmanned devices were reportedly spotted near a runway, leading to delays and diversions as flights were suspended". He added that passengers had been given the choice between a bus from Stansted to Gatwick, or flying back to Gatwick when the airport reopened.

Our focus is now working, with the airport community, to catch up the flight schedule.

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

The statement read: "Due to drone activity on the airfield at Gatwick, all arriving and departing flights are now suspended".

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