Gatwick drones: Two arrested over flight disruption

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Eddie Mitchell

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Police stay on the airport to “detect and mitigate” any additional drone threats

A person and a girl have been arrested in reference to a string of drone sightings which introduced Gatwick Airport to a standstill.

They have been arrested within the space at about 22:00 GMT on Friday.

The airport has since reopened however flights have been grounded for greater than a day affecting about 140,000 passengers after drones have been seen close to the runway.

Sussex Police mentioned it was persevering with to analyze “prison use of drones” and appealed for data.

The airport mentioned it aimed to run “a full schedule” of 757 flights on Saturday, carrying 124,484 passengers.

Ben Schofield, BBC Information at Gatwick Airport

Passengers are flowing moderately properly via the South Terminal.

Coming in via arrivals, it is a totally different story. Passengers are speaking of delays of many hours involving street and ferry diversions.

Greater than 1,000 flights have been cancelled or diverted through the 36 hours of disruption and that knock-on impact continues to be being felt.

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The disruption lasted properly into Friday night

However a spokesman added: “Passengers ought to anticipate some delays and cancellations as we proceed to get well our operations following three days of disruption.”

In addition they urged passengers to verify the standing of their flight earlier than travelling to the airport.

Supt James Collis mentioned officers remained at Gatwick, able to “detect and mitigate” additional drone flights by deploying a spread of ways.

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He requested passengers and other people dwelling close by to stay vigilant and report any suspicions.

“Each line of inquiry will stay open to us till we’re assured that we’ve got mitigated additional threats to the security of passengers,” he added.

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Passengers have been left ready within the departure areas

Gatwick reopened on Friday morning, though the runway was closed once more for a short while after an additional confirmed drone sighting at 17:10.

A spokeswoman for the airport mentioned army measures put in place on the airfield made it protected to reopen.

Eleven inbound flights have been diverted to different airports through the newest suspension and, whereas outbound flights would expertise a “knock-on delay”, none had been cancelled, she mentioned.

Nevertheless, the BBC has been contacted by folks claiming their flights have been cancelled.

A small variety of flights because of arrive into Gatwick on Saturday have been cancelled, in line with the airport’s web site.

They embody an Easyjet service from Milan and a TUI flight from Barbados.

A Gatwick spokesman mentioned: “Security is Gatwick’s high precedence and we’re grateful for passengers’ continued endurance as we work to get them to their last vacation spot in time for Christmas.”

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