Flights suspended at Gatwick Airport after drones spotted nearby

Gatwick said in a statement that it apologised for the inconvenience but had to put safety first. — AP

"If there is anybody at Luton airport that has been diverted from Gatwick airport and needs a lift home, let me know", he wrote on Twitter.

The airport warned the disruption was expected to continue into Thursday and advised everyone flying or collecting someone from Gatwick to check the status of their flight.

Ms Jaworska said it was "strange" that two drones had led to the closure of the airport.

In a statement, the airport said: "Following reports of two drones flying over the Gatwick Airport airfield at around 9pm, the airfield was closed from 21.03 on Wednesday 19th December to 03.01 on Thursday 20th December".

A spokesman apologised for any inconvenience and said Sussex Police was working alongside Gatwick staff to investigate the drone sightings. "Our airlines have been working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at other airports to Gatwick by other means", the statement said.

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London's Gatwick Airport remains shut while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.

Passengers due to take off reported planes being stuck on the Tarmac for more than an hour.

The airline responded: "Sorry about that, Elly".

The statement read: "Due to drone activity on the airfield at Gatwick, all arriving and departing flights are now suspended. We hope the crew keeps you updated".

Flights due to arrive into Gatwick have been diverted to other airports, some to Paris and Amsterdam. Flights were grounded and inbound planes were diverted elsewhere. Got a free can of Coke and Pringles. "Which has made the delay better".

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