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London's Gatwick Airport Resumes Flights After 32-Hour Drone Drama During Christmas Rush

London's Gatwick Airport says flights are resuming after drones sparked the shutdown of the airfield for 32 hours, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded during the busy holiday season.

Associated Press

Updated:December 21, 2018, 1:08 PM IST
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London's Gatwick Airport Resumes Flights After 32-Hour Drone Drama During Christmas Rush
Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport after drones flying illegally over the airfield forced the closure of the airport, in Gatwick, Britain. (Image: Reuters)
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London: London's Gatwick Airport says flights are resuming after drones sparked the shutdown of the airfield for 32 hours, leaving tens of thousands of passengers stranded during the busy holiday season.

The airport said in a statement on Friday morning that "Gatwick's runway is currently available and a limited number of aircraft are scheduled for departure and arrival."

But the statement urged passengers to check flight status before going to the airport "as departures and arrivals will be subject to delays and cancellations."

The prospect of a deadly collision between what police described as industrial-grade drones and an airliner led authorities to stop all flights in and out of Gatwick, Britain's second-busiest airport by passenger numbers, on Thursday. The drones were first spotted Wednesday evening.

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