An easyJet flight scheduled to arrive in Larnaca from London Gatwick at 7.35pm which was to depart again at 8.15pm has been cancelled.
Though earlier reports said Gatwick Airport runway had reopened it was later confirmed the airport will remain closed for some time, causing more disruptions to passengers. Last night alone, the flights of 10,000 people were either diverted or cancelled.
“My advice to passengers travelling today and tomorrow is to check their airlines’ websites before they travel to the airport. The knock-on effects will certainly last for 24 hours and it will be longer than that for every passenger to be repatriated,” Chris Woodroofe, the airport’s chief operating officer, reportedly said.
Hermes airport operator announced in the morning that a flight to and from Paphos would be delayed.
The Easy Jet flight U28453 from Gatwick to Paphos, which was due to arrive at 1.40pm was earlier said to be delayed for three hours but when the plane will now leave Gatwick remains unknown.
Gatwick airport was closed after two drones were spotted flying over the airfield on Wednesday and one was also seen this morning at 7am. Police are attempting to locate the drones and shoot them down, so far without success.