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Gatwick flights after 2 arrested for the use of drone


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    Passengers at Gatwick airport waiting for their flight after the delays and cancellations caused by drone sightings near the airport, in London, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. New drone sightings Friday, causing fresh chaos for holidaymakers at the London Gatwick Airport. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)


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    Passengers at Gatwick airport waiting for their flight after the delays and cancellations caused by drone sightings near the airport, in London, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. New drone sightings Friday, causing fresh chaos for holidaymakers at the London Gatwick Airport. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)

LONDON – London’s Gatwick Airport is looking to run a full schedule on Saturday after the police arrested a man and a woman, who, in connection with the criminal use of drones.”

In a statement, Britain’s second largest airport said that it is operational but has urged people, tens of thousands who are stranded because of the drone attacks began on Wednesday evening, the status of their flight.

“Passengers should expect some delays and cancellations as we continue to recover from our activities after three days of interruption, and be advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport,” a Gatwick spokesperson.

“Safety is Gatwick is the highest priority, and we are grateful for passengers’ continued patience while we work to get them to their final destination in time for Christmas.”

New drone sightings Friday had caused fresh problems for travellers at the airport, which reopened in the morning after a 36-hour shut down only to be too hasty to suspend flights for more than an hour in the late afternoon on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Officials said additional military capabilities allowed flights to resume after stopping.

The hope is that the airport can make it part of the backlog and get the passengers where they hope to be for Christmas now Sussex police have arrested two suspects. Those arrested have not been named and have not been charged. Police will not say where the arrests took place late Friday are made.

“Our investigations are still ongoing, and our operations at the airport continue to build resilience is to identify and reduce further attacks of drones by the use of a range of tactics,” said Superintendent James Collis.

“We continue to urge the public, passengers and the wider community around Gatwick to be vigilant and to support us by contacting us immediately if they believe that they all information that can help us in bringing those responsible to justice.”

The persistent drone crisis at Gatwick airport, located 30 miles (45 kilometres) south of London and serves 43 million passengers per year, has a ripple effect through the international air travel system.

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