Tens of thousands of passengers have been affected by delays and cancellations, with all flights grounded for nearly 24 hours as the Christmas getaway begins.
Two police forces have deployed dozens of officers to search for the devices’ operators. The government, which condemned the activity as as “incredible irresponsible”, is facing widespread calls for the urgent introduction of stronger drone laws.
- Army called in after tens of thousands of passengers affected by drone sightings at Gatwick Airport
- Gatwick’s runway remains closed after the drones were seen nearby
- Flights are unable to take off or land
- An airline source has told the BBC that flights are currently cancelled until at least 19:00 GMT
- About 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to use the airport on Thursday
- Gatwick Airport said police did not want to shoot the drones down because of the risk from stray bullets
- Sussex Police: ‘Nothing to suggest that this is terrorism-related’
- Passengers due to travel have been told to check the status of their flight
Passengers stranded at Gatwick Airport following the drone chaos today are being offered free rail travel. The airport was forced to close its runway yesterday night after drones were spotted flying in the vicinity of the airfield. Thousands of passengers have had flights cancelled and faced huge disruptions throughout the day with the runway still closed and investigations ongoing. Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express, is offering those who have made alternative travel arrangements travel at no extra cost on its services to their destinations.