Gatwick Airport: Why has Gatwick suspended ALL flights? When will flights resume?

Gatwick Airport: Why has Gatwick suspended ALL flights? When will flights resume?

However, the airfield only reopened for a mere 44 minutes before being closed again after a further sighting of the drones.

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.

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

There were multiple reports of drone sightings since the initial report of two drones at 9.03pm local time on Wednesday (Thursday 5.03am, Singapore time), Gatwick said in an earlier statement.

The airport advised those heading to Gatwick to travel or collect relatives to check the status of their flight.

Aviation website airlive.net said inbound flights were diverted to a range of United Kingdom airports as well as Amsterdam and Paris.


One passenger flying from Kiev, Ukraine, was diverted to Birmingham, and said passengers were forced to wait for hours on the plane after landing with "no food or updates".

Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, is a major global airport near Crawley in West Sussex, southeast England, 29.5 miles south of central London.

It added an apology, saying passenger and staff safety was its "foremost priority". 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.

It is unclear when flights will be allowed to leave or arrive at Gatwick today.

"I have two tiny children on board and a hotel room at Gatwick to get to", one passenger whose flight was redirected, complained to British Airways on Twitter.

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