AOA response to the drone incident at London Gatwick Airport
Commenting on the closure of London Gatwick Airport due to a drone incident, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, Karen Dee said:
“While the closure of Gatwick Airport caused by a drone operating illegally near the airfield is ongoing, staff at Gatwick are working hard to resolve this situation with the police and are supporting the passengers currently at the airport.
“At moments like this, we work together as an industry to put the passengers’ safety first. Airports across the UK are supporting Gatwick by taking diverted aircraft and helping passengers who were due to fly to Gatwick today.
“We urge passengers to check with their airline before travelling to their airport if they were due to fly to or from Gatwick today.
“As this incident shows, drones can cause major disruption to passengers, who were looking forward to well-deserved Christmas breaks, as well as major financial damage to the UK economy. That is why flying a drone near an airfield or endangering aircraft with a drone is a criminal offence with penalties of up to five years in jail.”