December 21, 2018 / 6:41 PM / 9 months ago

Gatwick airport says flights have now resumed after drone check

LONDON (Reuters) - Flights at Britain’s second-biggest airport Gatwick have resumed after a brief suspension following unconfirmed reports of another drone sighting on Friday evening, an airport spokeswoman said.

“Flights have now resumed at Gatwick following a reported drone in the area,” she said.

“While we investigated, airfield movements were suspended. This was a precautionary measure as safety remains our main priority. The military measures we have in place at the airport have provided us with reassurance necessary that it is safe to re-open our airfield.”

Gatwick, south of London, was forced to close for 36 hours, this week, stranding more than 100,000 Christmas travellers, when a mystery saboteur used drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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