Gatwick update: Flights cancelled up to at least 1600 today

Media statement as of 13:45 Thursday 20th December:

Gatwick Airport’s runway remains unavailable because of drone sightings. We have advised all airlines to cancel flights up to at least 16:00 this afternoon, while keeping the situation under constant review. 

There is significant disruption at Gatwick and our terminals are extremely busy. We are prioritising the welfare of passengers during this very difficult time, and have teams across the airport looking after them as best we can.

We anticipate disruption to continue throughout the day and into tomorrow. Any passengers due to fly today or tomorrow should not set off for Gatwick without checking flight information with their airline.

We are extremely disappointed that what appears to be deliberate action is affecting journeys at this important time of year. We are working tirelessly with our airlines to put plans in place to recover our operation once given the go ahead that our runway can re-open.

Once again we apologise for the continued disruption. Safety is our absolute priority.

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