Britain's Gatwick airport reopens after 6-hour shutdown over reports of drones

Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears - ITV News

London's Gatwick Airport completely shut after drone sightings

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

Passengers reported that some flights were diverted to other United Kingdom airports, including Birmingham, Manchester and Stansted.

London's Gatwick Airport shut down late Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, while officials urgently investigated reports that two drones were flying above the airfield.

There were multiple reports of drone sightings since the initial report of two drones at 9.03pm local time on Wednesday (Thursday 5.03am, Singapore time), Gatwick said in an earlier statement.

Queues of passengers in the check in area at Gatwick Airport this morning, as the airport remains closed after drones were spotted over the airfield last night and this morning.

Sussex Police launched an investigation and Gatwick promised to reopen the runway following "suitable reassurance".

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In a statement from on Twitter, Gatwick Airport has announced that they have suspended all flights, both arriving and departing.

Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is a major worldwide airport near Crawley in West Sussex, southeast England, 29.5 miles south of central London.

"We apologise to any affected passengers for this inconvenience but the safety of our passengers is our foremost priority".

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

"I have 2 tiny children on board and a hotel room at Gatwick to get to", one passenger whose flight was redirected, complained to British Airways on Twitter. "Which has made the delay better".

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