Hundreds of flights at Gatwick have been cancelled over two days because of drones flying illegally in the area. 120,000 passengers have been affected across 760 flights. Air cargo will also have been delayed.
It is suspected to be a deliberate act as the “industrial specification” drones keep reappearing whenever the runway is set to reopen. Despite the involvement of 20 police units and now the British Army, the perpetrators have not yet been found and the drones have not been taken down.
Earlier this morning the runway was reopened for a limited number of planes and 765 flights are expected to go ahead today.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that it’s not a terror-related attack but could be an action by environmentalists. It is illegal to fly a drone within 1km of an airport boundary and any perpetrator could face up to five years in jail.
Airlines are not expected to pay compensation to passengers, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Grayling described the incident as “unprecedented” and various parties involved are pushing for more stringent laws and regulations for drone operators.
Source: BBC News