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22 Dec 2018 | 09:05 PM UTC

UK: Two arrested for drone disruptions at Gatwick Airport (LGW) Dec. 21 /update 9

United Kingdom News Alert

Two suspects believed to be behind drone activity at Gatwick Airport (LGW) arrested December 21; airport operations fully restored but residual delays to be expected over weekend

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/24/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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Event

A man and a woman were arrested in Crawley on the evening (local time) of Friday, December 21, suspected of being behind the drone activity that resulted in several days of severe disruptions at London's Gatwick Airport (LGW). No further information concerning the suspects or a possible motive has been released. As of Saturday, December 22, Gatwick's runway was open and airport authorities were planning to run a full schedule over the busy holiday weekend. However, some residual delays and cancelations are to be expected as airlines work to clear backlogs; airport officials have advised travelers to continue to confirm their flight reservations prior to departure for the airport. 

Context

Gatwick's runway was initially closed on the evening of Wednesday, December 19, due to the sighting of two drones over the airfield. Hundreds of flights were canceled or diverted, with many thousands of passengers affected.  

Advice

Individuals flying via LGW are advised to confirm the status of their flight prior to departure and to adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. 

 

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