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Advice to Cornwall passengers travelling to Gatwick

Advice to Cornwall passengers travelling to Gatwick

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:27pm 20th December 2018. (Updated at 5:30pm 20th December 2018)

People flying from Newquay to London have been given alternative transport... as drones suspend all flights.

All flights in and out of Gatwick airport have been suspended after drones were spotted flying over the airfield.

Two drones were spotted flying over the airfield at about 9.03pm on Wednesday, with officials saying there had been further sightings of the pair since the initial one. All flights in and out were halted.

The airport was able to reopen the runway at 3.01am but another sighting of a third drone at 3.45am forced a second closure of the runway.

Sussex Police are investigating and Gatwick promised to reopen the runway following "suitable reassurance".

A police helicopter has been circulating the airport looking for the drones.

Anyone who was due to fly from Cornwall to Gatwick this morning has been offered alternative transport.

And anyone with a flight this afternoon is advised to keep checking the live flight information.

"Passengers on cancelled flights to LGW this morning have all been offered alternative road transportation.

"Passengers due to travel to LGW later today are advised to keep an eye on our live flight information or to contact their airline for further information."

Cornwall Airport Newquay

Hundreds of travellers were diverted or delayed, with dozens tweeting their frustration at being left on the tarmac.

One passenger confirmed she was finally being let off the plane about six and a half hours after landing.

While some were diverted to other London airports, others have reported being sent as far away as Paris, Bordeaux and Amsterdam.

"Flights to and from Gatwick are currently suspended while we investigate reports of drones flying close to our airfield.

"We apologise to any affected passengers for this inconvenience but the safety of our passengers and all staff is our foremost priority."

Gatwick Airport

More than 10,000 people have been affected by the closure, including 2,000 passengers whose flights have been unable to take off.

According to Flight Radar, more than two dozen flights bound for Gatwick had been diverted by 11pm.

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