Gatwick Airport: Drone sightings halt flights

20 December, 2018, 10:28 | Author: Dave Hampton
  • Passengers on board a plane diverted to Heathrow from Gatwick because of the drones

All departures and arrivals were suspended at about 9pm last night after the drones were seen flying above the airport.

Two drones were spotted flying over the airfield at about 9.03pm this evening, with officials saying there had been further sightings since.

Passengers have been warned disruption could continue on Thursday.

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"We apologise to any affected passengers for this inconvenience but the safety of our passengers is our foremost priority". "We hope the crew keeps you updated".

Gatwick advises anyone travelling today to check the status of their flight before arriving at the airport.

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. It wasn't immediately clear how many flights were affected in total, said Mr Mark Lever, a Gatwick spokesman.

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One passenger confirmed she was finally being let off the plane about six and a half hours after landing.

Luke McComiskie's plane ended up in Manchester, and he described chaotic scenes as people tried to find their way home after more than three hours stuck onboard.

Joe Bond's flight from Belfast was diverted to Birmingham, and he joked on Twitter: "From the sound of the stewards we might be staying here forever". "Which has made the delay better".

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It is understood two British Airways flights were diverted to Heathrow Airport.

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