Gatwick Airport shuts over drone fears

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REPORTS of drones flying close to Gatwick has led the airport to suspend all flights in an out of it until further notice.

Gatwick advised travellers via Twitter to check flights scheduled for Thursday before heading to the airport.

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

Flights through Gatwick Airport have been suspended after reports of drones flying over the runways.

Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Luke Mccomiskie showing the scene inside a plane three hours after it landed at Manchester having been diverted from Gatwick Airport which had been closed because of the sighting of drones.

Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted.

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"We will update when we have suitable reassurance that it is appropriate to reopen the runway". The airport then had to be closed again from 3:45am, as further sightings of drones were reported.

He said drones remained active in the area as late as 0700 GMT (2am EST) on Thursday and that two drones had been seen crossing the perimeter fence and entering the runway area.

Mr Woodroofe added that 20 police units from two forces were hunting for the pilot, saying: "The police are looking for the operator and that is the way to disable the drone".

"We 're sorry for the inconvenience today, but the safety of our passengers and staff is our no.1 priority", said Gatwick. The disruption comes just days before Christmas, and one of the heaviest travel times of the year.

Luton Airport worker Adam Webster, who said he was forced to work an extra five hours until 4am due to diverted flights, offered lifts home to affected peoples living nearby. "Which has made the delay better".

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