Drone sightings ground planes at major British airport

Drone sightings ground planes at major British airport

Drone sightings ground planes at major British airport

Under British legislation, drones can not be flown near aircraft or airports, or at an altitude of over 400 feet (122 metres).

The Christmas getaway was disrupted at Gatwick Airport when flights were suspended last night after two drones were reportedly spotted flying over the airfield.

Flights were suspended between 9.03pm on 19 December and 3.01am on 20 December.

A busy airport 43km south of Britain's capital, London, Gatwick is hosting a variety of short- and long-haul flights and serving as a major hub for the budget carrier easyJet.

Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield. He added that passengers had been given the choice between a bus from Stansted to Gatwick, or flying back to Gatwick when the airport reopened.

A spokeswoman for the airport added that airlines were working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport for those whose flights were diverted.


While some were diverted to other London airports, others have reported being sent as far away as Paris, Bordeaux and Amsterdam.

More than two dozen arriving planes have been diverted, according to flight-tracking service Flightradar24.

The statement read: "Due to drone activity on the airfield at Gatwick, all arriving and departing flights are now suspended". Something that's not within our control.

Inbound flights are being diverted to other airports while passengers who are due to travel from the airport have been told to check with their airline before setting out.

He added: "Update. Got a free can of Coke and Pringles".

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