Gatwick Airport: Flights suspended after drones sighted

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Gatwick is a busy airport 27 miles (43 kilometers) south of central London.

"We advise everyone flying from Gatwick, or collecting someone from the airport, Thursday 20 December, to check the status of their flight".

The runway at Gatwick remains closed on Thursday morning following reports of drones flying close to the airport - despite briefly reopening overnight. However, the airfield only reopened for a mere 44 minutes before being closed again after a further sighting of the drones.

Gatwick's statement did not provide an estimate for the resumption of flights.

In a separate incident last week that raised alarms about the risk to jetliners from unmanned aerial vehicles, Grupo Aeromexico SAB is investigating whether a drone slammed into a Boeing 737 aircraft as the plane approached its destination in Tijuana, Mexico.

He said two drones had been seen flying "over the perimeter fence and into where the runway operates from".

Oana Damien said her flight has been diverted to Heathrow from Gatwick, but no one on her plane was able to disembark as there were no customs and ground handling operations in place.

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

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

The 27-year-old said passengers were having to get taxis back to Gatwick after they were finally allowed off the aircraft.

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

He criticised the "irresponsible" act and 10,000 people had been affected by the closure, including 2,000 whose flights had been unable to take off.

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