Gatwick: Inbound flights not landing after reports of drone on runway

Gatwick: Inbound flights not landing after reports of drone on runway

Sussex Police launched an investigation and Gatwick promised to reopen the runway following "suitable reassurance".

Passengers reported that some flights were diverted to other United Kingdom airports, including Birmingham, Manchester and Stansted.

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.

In a statement, Gatwick apologised for the inconvenience but said it had to put safety first.

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On social media, passengers reported being delayed on the runway for over an hour as they waited for updates from the pilot.

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

London's Gatwick Airport, the second-busiest in the United Kingdom, has shut down while officials urgently investigated reports that two drones were flying above 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. It is thought more than 50 flights were affected.

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One passenger confirmed she was finally being let off the plane about six and a half hours after landing.

Joe Bond's flight from Belfast was diverted to Birmingham, and he joked on Twitter: "From the sound of the stewards we might be staying here forever".

Oana Damian tweeted that her flight had been diverted to London Heathrow but no-one could disembark as there were no customs and ground handling operations in place to deal with the plane.

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