At the London Gatwick airport there is again movement in the air transport: “The runway in Gatwick is currently open, and a limited number of flights are scheduled for departure and landing,” said the Airport on Friday morning on its website. However, passengers should check the Status of your flight before they made their way to the airport, it said. It will continue to come to delays or cancellations of flights.
A large-scale drone-noise action had put the airport largely to a complete standstill. Since then was in Gatwick, apart from a three-quarter hour break, not one more plane landed or launched. Incoming machines had to be diverted and in part hundreds of kilometres away, and Airports such as Amsterdam and Paris. Tens of thousands of passengers stranded.
airport chief Executive Chris Woodroofe, announced according to the news Agency Reuters, that it should be on Friday around 700 departures. Would have spotted a drone over the site, would be shot down, he said. Who is behind the interference action is still not known. The drones of the risk associated to airports should be more worked up.
Easyjet wrote on his website on Friday morning, now back from there to fly. The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair had announced shortly before that, all originally for Gatwick scheduled flights instead from London’s Stansted airport to start or land there. The customer had been informed, said Ryanair on its website.
On Thursday evening, were even protect the army and the police at the airport in use with helicopter and sniper, and special unit have been in the army – yet again flying robots have been spotted on the runway. Dive a drone over the airfield, there’s also a launch is conceivable, said the police on Thursday.
Video: drones set in London-Gatwick lame
In the case of the at least two drones, it is not according to the police in order to Hobby aircraft. They are rather intended for professional use. Evidence of a terrorist Background, it was not according to the authorities, but. In the first 24 hours after the cessation of the operation, the police counted more drones than 50 sightings.
With more than 45 million passengers in the past year, Gatwick is the seventh largest airport in the EU and the second largest in the UK, behind the Europe-wide leader London-Heathrow.