Drone Sightings Cause London Gatwick Airport Travel Disruption
London Gatwick Airport has suspended all of its flights this morning after two drones were reported to be flying over the airfield.
The runway has been closed and police are searching for the pilot of the drones as tens of thousands of people are waiting to get away or visit family for the festive period.
Earlier today the busy airport tweeted to say that all flights to and from Gatwick are 'suspended due to drone activity', adding that there are 'significant delays and cancellations to all flights today'.
According to the MailOnline, officers are considering whether to use a sniper to shoot down the small unmanned aircraft.
The airport's CEO Chris Woodroofe has revealed that he is 'absolutely certain this is a deliberate act'.
It has been reported that there were to be 760 flights taking off or landing at the airport situated close to the capital.
2/2 Please do not travel to the airport without checking the status of your flight with your airline first. We apologise to everyone affected, but the safety of all our passengers and staff is our no.1 priority.
- Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) December 20, 2018
Stuck in Tunis as my #Gatwick flight is delayed. For once it is not @Tunisair's fault. I bet that whoever thought of this annoying little scheme figured that s/he wouldn't be able to get away with it for 12 hours plus! Gatwick can cite safety all it likes. It's embarrassing.
- Tim Eaton (@el_khawaga) December 20, 2018
Budget airline company easyJet has told affected passengers that they will be entitled to a free of charge transfer to an alternative flight.
The company added: "Whilst the situation is outside of our control we would like to apologise to passengers for the inconvenience caused."
London North Eastern Railway is also offering people free train travel with flight tickets for passengers who have had cancelled travel.
Has your flight between London #GatwickAirport and Edinburgh been cancelled today? If so, you can use your flight tickets to travel on our trains today for FREE. #HomeforChristmas :santa: https://t.co/iEB3oRh2Nv
- London North Eastern Railway (@LNER) December 20, 2018
Speaking to the MailOnline, Eddie Boyes, who was caught in the chaos, said today: "I and my family, along with many others, have been here for six hours. We were offered a hotel only for that to be rescinded shortly afterwards."
He also described scenes of passengers 'sleeping on the floor in South Terminal', adding that it was an 'utter shambles'.
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