Gatwick airport disruption: police still trying to catch drones after flights cancelled – live

Thousands of passengers face disruption at Gatwick airport after drones were spotted over the runway

12.29pm GMT

I was booked on a Ryanair Gatwick flight to Dublin tonight.

I just got a text from Ryanair saying:

“Due to Gatwick Airport closure, please make your way to London Stansted where your flight will be operating.”

Gatwick is not a major hub for Ryanair – it’s Stansted where it has the most flights – so evidently it has found capacity to be able to shift flights and crews to Stansted instead.

12.27pm GMT

Richard Gill, founder of Drone Defence the company which has successfully installed an anti-drone SkyFence around Guernsey prions insist “the technology exists to stop this problem”.

In an email to the Guardian he said: “SkyFence would perform equally as well in an airport situation and would actively create a ‘no fly zone’ where the drone would not be able to fly inside the airport’s perimeter.”

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