Flight from Shanghai lands in Gatwick as it finally re-opens after 31-hours of chaos

Gatwick has reopened after a 31-hour runway shut down due to multiple drone sightings.

The first flight to land on the runway was from Shanghai, followed by another empty plane. A limited number of planes are taking off and landing on the runway but departures and arrivals are restricted.

Gatwick has released a statement saying: “Overnight we have been able to work with partners, including Government agencies and the Military to put measures in place which have provided the confidence we needed to re-open the runway and ensure the safety of passengers, which remains our priority.”

The airport is advising passengers to check with their airlines to find out if they can travel. However, Sussex Police say they are now in “a much better position” to respond to any future drone appearances.

The closure affected 110,000 people who were due to fly on Thursday.

2018-12-21T08:17:49+00:00By |

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