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Drone Wreaks Havoc at Gatwick - Cancelling Flights

Published: 21/12/2018 - Filed under: Home » News »

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An unusual event occurred at Gatwick Airport on Thursday, December 20.  What appears to be a drone -- or multiple drones disrupted flights at the airfield causing a massive cancellation of flights. 

Drone Gatwick

The airport provided the following statement at 11:45 am on Thursday, December 20th:

“All flights remain suspended from Gatwick today, due to ongoing drone activity around the airfield. There is significant disruption, as a result of what appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt flights.

“We are extremely disappointed that passengers are being affected, especially at this time of year. Our advice continues to be not to travel to the airport and to check with your airline on the status of your flight.”

According to reports by the BBC, the shutdown started at around 2100 on Wednesday evening, after two drones were spotted being flown over the airport. After this report more drones were sighted. 

Chris Woodroofe, Gatwick’s chief operating officer, apologized for the disruption but stated the the airport could potentially remain closed for all of Friday following further drone sightings.

Woodroofe said: “My apologies to all those passengers who have seen this disruption from the criminal activity from these people who are purposely disrupting our airport and their travel so close to Christmas.”

“We have had the police, we have had the military seeking to bring this drone down for the last 24 hours and to date that has not been successful so Gatwick Airport is still closed.

More to come as we see this story unfold.

By Elizabeth Atkinson 

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