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Gatwick: 'Deliberate attempt to disrupt flights'

Gatwick Airport says the disruption appears to have been caused deliberately. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Gatwick's runway remains closed and all flights suspended after reports of drones. The airport says disruption appears to be deliberate.

Gatwick Airport’s runway remains closed and all flights are currently suspended following reports of drones flying over Gatwick’s airfield last night and this morning. There is significant disruption at Gatwick today as a result of what appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt flights.

We are extremely disappointed that passengers are being affected by this, especially at such an important time of year. We are prioritising the welfare of those at the airport by deploying staff into our terminals to look after people as best we can.

We are working hard with our airlines to get information to passengers but would advise anyone booked onto flights from Gatwick, or meeting arriving passengers, not to travel to the airport without checking the status of the flight with their airline or on our website first.

– Gatwick Airport

We are working closely with airports and airlines to help handle any disruption from the situation at Gatwick.

Passengers flying to or from Gatwick today are advised to contact their airlines.

Flying any kind of drone near an airport or in controlled airspace without the proper permissions is dangerous and unacceptable. People using drones should apply common sense when deciding where to fly and need to remember that the same legal obligations apply to them as well as any other pilot.

NATS continues to work closely with manned and unmanned aviation industries, the government and the regulator to create an environment that ensures the safety of all airspace users while supporting the growing use of drones.