More Gatwick Airport chaos: New drone sighting halts flights, again

There was more chaos for holiday travelers at London’s Gatwick Airport, where flights were briefly suspended again on Friday because of a “suspected drone sighting.”

At 5:47 p.m. local time (12:47 p.m. ET), Gatwick airport said in a tweet that it was “investigating reports of a drone sighting. As a precaution we have suspended airfield operations.”

But less than an hour later, Gatwick sent an updated tweet saying flights had resumed. 

“Airfield movements were suspended while we investigated this as safety remains our main priority,” Gatwick said in a tweet from 6:31 p.m. local time (1:31 p.m. ET). “The military measures we have in place at the airport have provided us with reassurance necessary to re-open our airfield.”

The latest grounding of flights, however brief, came less than a full day after schedules began to resume there Friday morning.

London Gatwick is the United Kingdom’s second-busiest airport, trailing only London Heathrow.

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