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Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 10:33

Gatwick airport resumes operations though culprit still at large

Flights have started taking off and landing again at Gatwick airport after 36 hours of disruption caused by drones flying near the airport.

Gatwick, which is Britain’s second busiest airport and one of the world’s busiest single-runway airports, had been closed on Wednesday evening as drones were first sighted. The disruption is thought to have impacted over 120,000 people, many trying to travel-ready for Christmas.

On Thursday, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed that the military had been drafted in to support the operation with the police and airport to try and remove the drones and catch the culprit. 

It remains unknown whether one person or a group of people are behind the piloting of the drones.

Chris Grayling said, “The people who have done this should face long jail sentences.” It is thought that a culprit could receive up to a life sentence in prison for endangering an airport.

The operation to try and catch the culprits continues as flights have started to resume this morning. Passengers are being advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport, due to the likelihood of knock-on delays and cancellations. 

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