[VIDEO] Gatwick flights are suspended; reports of drones

By Andrew Pentol |


Around 10,000 passengers were understood to have been effected overnight on Wednesday (19 December) by reports of drones in the airport vicinity.

Flights to and from Gatwick Airport have been suspended following reports of two drones flying over the airfield at around 21:00 (Greenwich Meantime) last night (19 December).

The airfield was closed from 21:03 to 03:01, according to a statement from Gatwick Airport seen by TRBusiness. Further sightings of drones in the vicinity of the airport meant the runway had to be closed again from 03:45 this morning (20 December).

New laws introduced in the UK effective 30 July, forbids all drones from flying above 400ft and within 1km of airport boundaries (Source: London Evening Standard).

It is understood around 10,000 passengers were effected overnight on Wednesday (19 December) with some flights diverted to Paris and Amsterdam and that 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to use the airport today.

Click on the below videos provided by a TRBusiness source for a snapshot of how the airport looked just a few hours ago.


The latest of a number of statements released by the airport read: “Gatwick Airport’s runway remains closed and all flights are currently suspended following reports of drones flying over Gatwick’s airfield last night and this morning. There is significant disruption at Gatwick today as a result of what appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt flights.

“We are extremely disappointed that passengers are being affected by this, especially at such an important time of year. We are prioritising the welfare of those at the airport by deploying staff into our terminals to look after people as best we can.”


The statement continued: “We are working hard with our airlines to get information to passengers but would advise anyone booked onto flights from Gatwick, or meeting arriving passengers, not to travel to the airport without checking the status of the flight with their airline or on our website first.”

The airport is expecting to handle 2.9m passengers during the festive period, an increase of 7.7% on the same period last year.


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