Drones suspend flights at Gatwick Airport in UK

Dwayne Harmon
December 20, 2018

The airport advised people flying or collecting someone from Gatwick on Wednesday or Thursday to check the status of their flights.

Flights are reportedly being diverted to other airports in the United Kingdom and across Europe due to the emergency.

Flights at Gatwick Airport have been halted amid reports of drones being flown over the airfield.

In their latest statement, Gatwick advised: "Please do not travel to the airport without checking with your airline first".

Under British legislation, drones can not be flown near aircraft or airports, or at an altitude of over 400 feet (122 metres). A police helicopter was dispatched to track down the vehicle and its operator, so far without success.

Many incoming flights have been diverted to other destinations in Britain and continental Europe.

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Some passengers at Gatwick have reportedly had to wait for more than two hours because of the suspension.

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.

A major worldwide airport in Britain was forced to ground flights after reports of drones flying over the airfield, the airport said on Thursday.

After spending about two hours on the plane, she said the couple were put on a bus to Gatwick, from where they had been due to fly to Istanbul.

Are you due to be flying from Gatwick today? "Our airlines have been working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at other airports to Gatwick by other means", the statement said.

He later added: "Update".

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