Gatwick Gatwick Airport has reopened after a rogue drone saboteur wreaked havoc on hundreds of thousands of Christmas travelers by playing cat and mouse with police snipers and the army.
Following the biggest disruption at Gatwick Airport since a volcanic eruption Ash Cloud in 2010, Britain's second-largest airport announced Friday that its runway was open and that a limited number of aircraft were available for Departure and arrival was planned.
"The Gatwick runway is currently available and a limited number of departures and arrivals are planned," said the airport.
"Gatwick also recommends that passengers check the status of their flight with their airline before flying to the airport, as departure and arrival are subject to delays and cancellations.
Gatwick said that 700 aircraft should take off on Friday, though There would still be delays and cancellations.
Britain used unidentified military technology It was thought that the airport was guarding the airport against what British Transport Minister Chris Grayling said there were several drones.
"What's on the ground What happens is a mix of action taken to build confidence that planes can be safe … Some of them. There are military capabilities, "Grayling told BBC Television.
Grayling said there was not "an uncomplicated commercial standard solution that automatically solves all problems. "
Thousands of passengers are staying at the airport in the south of London, while the police continue to hunt for the operators of the big drones that reappear near the airfield on Wednesday and Thursday.
The police said there was none Evidence of a terrorist motive behind the devices that first appeared Wednesday night.
Police and airport authorities believe the drones spotted more than 50 times near the airfield over a 24-hour period
Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman condemned the dispute as "irresponsible and totally unacceptable."
Passenger Ani Kochiashvili had gone to Georgia but spent six hours with their children on a plane.
"I'm very upset because I'm with two children, a three-month-old and a three-year-old, "she told Reuters among thousands who were in the terminal.
"They have a lot of space and food and everything, and that's all, and the airport is crazy, so it's a challenge."
Increase in collisions
With a rise in public enthusiasm for drones is an increase Near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets in recent years.
The number of near misses between private drones and aircraft in the UK more than tripled between 201
Richard Parker . / archiv / dn / 1997/05 / 28.html Head of Air Traffic Management Altitude Angel said this was the first time an airport had been hit by such a sustained and deliberate slump in the airspace.
"It's technically mature, but not on the technological side – people have charged a lot of batteries and deliberately try to get caught, probably by driving around to different locations," he told Reuters.
"It really is unprecedented."
Drone expert Peter Lee of Portsmouth University said he and others had expected a disruption.
"One of my concerns today is that there can be incidents, as they can cause high levels of disruption at very, very low cost," he said. 19659004] It is illegal to fly drones within a 1 km radius of a British airport border, which can be punished with five years imprisonment.
Gatwick, competing with Europe's busiest airport, Heathrow, west of London, had previously said Sunday was the busiest day of the festive season.
Passengers went to Twitter to share their stories.
One who was waiting at the airport said, "At Gatwick Airport, drone chaos, surprisingly good-natured, but full of chaos."