December 20, 2018 / 6:02 PM / 7 months ago

UK's Transport Secretary lifts night-flying restriction at other airports - Sky News

Britain's Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) - UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he would temporarily lift night-flying restrictions at other airports in Britain, Sky News reported on Thursday.

Grayling said the move was to ease congestion caused by aircraft diverted from Gatwick Airport, according to a Sky News tweet.

Drones flying near London’s Gatwick airport grounded flights throughout Thursday, stranding thousands of Christmas travellers in what the government called a reckless attempt to cripple Britain’s second busiest airport.

Reporting by Ishita Chigilli Palli in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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