LONDON’S Gatwick Airport reopened its runway today (Friday) after drones forced it to close, with a police search for the pilot remains ongoing.
Sources at Britain’s second-busiest airport confirmed the runway was open but added delays and cancellations were still ongoing. Flights at the airport are expected to return to normal tomorrow (Saturday), sources added.
Airport head Chris Woodroofe said the situation on the runway was now “almost normal”.
“The challenge for the airlines as a result of this disruption is that their plaes are not all in the right place.
“So what we’ll be doing today is recovering their operations so by tomorrow we are back to stand operation,” Woodroofe said.
Thousands of passengers saw their flights cancelled days before Christmas after drones flew over the airport yesterday (Thursday). A total of 155 flights have been cancelled while 837 are set to go ahead today.
Police officers investigating the incident said the drone pilot was still at large today. Investigators said the suspect may be an environmental activist.
British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said there was no evidence to suggest the incident was terror-related.
The investigation continues…
Friday 09.30: Gatwick's runway is now available and aircraft are arriving and departing. There are knock-on delays and cancellations to flights and we strongly recommend that you check the status of your flight with your airline before setting out for the airport today. pic.twitter.com/W35C46TpNp
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) December 21, 2018