Thousands stranded at Gatwick Airport in London after drone sightings
London: Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded at Gatwick Airport, one of the UK’s busiest, as flights to and from the airport were suspended on Thursday due to reports of two drones being flown over the airfield. Gatwick’s runway remained closed and the airport said in a statement that landings and takeoffs were first suspended at 9 p.m. on Wednesday following reports of drones flying over the airfield.
At least 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to use the airport on Thursday, the BBC reported. About 10,000 passengers were affected overnight on Wednesday. Many planes were diverted to other airports including Luton, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester and as far away as Paris and Amsterdam. Airport authorities requested passengers to contact the respective airlines to know the status of their flights. The airport said that it was investigating the drone sightings along with the Sussex Police. Later, a police spokesman said that the incident was not terror-related and a hunt was on for the drone operator. (IANS)