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easyJet cancels all Gatwick flights over drone scare

Passengers wait within Gatwick airport after Britain's second busiest airport was shut down by authorities after sightings of drones flying near the airport, affecting 110,000 passengers on 760 flights. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

BRITISH airline easyJet cancelled all its Gatwick flights on Thursday, including two to Cyprus, after drones flying near the airport grounded flights.

The airline said the disruption was expected to continue into Friday.

“At this stage, there is no indication of when the airport might re-open and as a result we have cancelled all flights due to operate to or from London Gatwick today (Thursday),” easyJet said in a statement.

“We expect disruption to continue into tomorrow (Friday).”

At least two easyJet flights from Gatwick to Cyprus were affected. One was to Paphos airport, which had been due to arrive at 1.40pm, the other to Larnaca scheduled to land at 7.35pm.

Thousands remained stranded at Gatwick airport after it was closed when two drones were spotted flying over the airfield on Wednesday and one was also seen on Thursday.

One of the stuck passengers, Andri Kyprianou from Cyprus, told a British newspaper she saw a pregnant woman sleeping on the floor and passengers with infants spending the night in the “freezing” South Terminal.

She said she got to the airport at 12.30am for a 3am flight to Cyprus via Kiev, only to find it had been cancelled and the next connection to Kiev is on Sunday.

She said: “I haven’t slept since yesterday morning, we are very tired. It’s freezing, we are cold, having to wear all of these coats for extra blankets.

“There were pregnant women, one of them was sleeping on the floor. There were people with small babies in here overnight, we saw disabled people on chairs.”

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