London's Gatwick Airport reopens after drones disruption

London's Gatwick Airport says it is reopening Friday for a limited number of flights after 120,000 passengers have travel plans hit
London's Gatwick Airport reopens after drones disruption
Around 120,000 passengers have had their flights cancelled during the chaos.
By AFP
Fri 21 Dec 2018 12:16 PM

London's Gatwick Airport, paralysed for more than two days after dozens of drone sightings, said it planned to reopen Friday for a "limited number" of flights.

"Gatwick's runway is currently available and a limited number of aircraft are scheduled for departure and arrival," the airport said on Twitter. It advised passengers to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.

But police have still yet to find the operator of the drones and the airport's chief executive, Stewart Wingate, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the runway would close again if there was another sighting.

There have been more than 50 sightings of the device since 9pm (2100GMT) on Wednesday and shooting down the drone is now an option, Jason Tingley of Sussex Police earlier told reporters.

"We will do what we can to take that drone out of the sky and remove that disruption so we can get Gatwick back to normal," he said.

"One of the options is to use firearms officers if that presents itself - they have been out on the ground today (Thursday) and that's a consideration and a tactical option that's open to us."

British Airways confirmed on Twitter that it had received confirmation "advising the airport is back open and the majority of flights operating as scheduled".

Around 120,000 passengers have had their flights cancelled during the chaos.

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