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Runway back open but ‘limited flights’ as Gatwick starts the catch up

Whilst flights have now begun taking off and landing therre are still lots of delays and cancellations.



It landed just after 6am this morning, the first flight to use Gatwicks runway since the drone saga began.

It was shortly joined by a flight departing for Lapland.

700 flights have been scheduled for today, down from 760 which still shows that cancellations are taking place.

The message to anyone travelling from Gatwick today is to check with their airline first.

A statement from Gatwick says:

“Gatwick’s runway is currently available having reopened at 06:00. A limited number of aircraft are taking off and landing at Gatwick this morning but our departures and arrivals rate is currently very restricted to just a few runway movements every hour so passengers must expect delays and cancellations again today. Gatwick continues to strongly advise passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Overnight we have been able to work with partners, including Government agencies and the Military to put measures in place which have provided the confidence we needed to re-open the runway and ensure the safety of passengers, which remains our priority.

We continue to provide welfare and information to all disrupted passengers who are at the airport and have had teams in throughout the night. Our priority today is to get our operation back on track so that people can be where they need to be for Christmas, and we will update as more information becomes available throughout the day.”

Questions still remain though as to who was responsible for flying these drones.

The transport secretary Chris Grayling said:

“This has not been experienced anywhere in the world before.  It is a disruption incident of a kind we have not experienced before. “

Police joined by other government agencies are still working hard to track down those responsible and the wording used has been very stern, but words and actions need to bring about results before confidence will return.


Flights to Europe from Gatwick will be unaffected if a no-deal Brexit happens

It has been a point of much debate across Crawley and naturally within Gatwick itself.



But today Crawley MP got confirmation that in the case of a no-deal Brexit passengers can relax as there would be no problems with flights in and out of Gatwick to Europe.

Speaking in the House of Commons Henry Smith MP asked:

“Can he (the minister) confirm that there are aviation agreements in place so that planes will be flying to and from Gatwick and other uk airports on March 30th?”

The transport secretary, while brief in response, confirmed that a whole fleet of aviation agreements are in place.

This confirmation will come as a welcome response to both airlines, airports and passengers who have been wondering for quite some time what the situation would be in if a no-deal Brexit occurred.

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