Two drones were seen flying "on the perimeter fence and where the runway ran," said airport operating chief Chris Woodroofe BBC News . He condemned the "unreliable" behavior of drone operators, which said it could take days for normal operations to continue the busy time of the year's airport.
(1/2) It is totally unacceptable to fly drones near the airport and anyone violating the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment.
– UK Civil Aviation Authority (@UK_CAA) December 20, 2018
The police in nearby Sussex said no signs of the drone incident were related to terrorism, but added that the activity was suspicious. "We are still getting drone sightings in and around the airport," said the officer conducting the investigation, Justin Burtenshaw. "Every time we believe we are close to the operator the drone is gone and when we look to reopen the airfield the drone reappears, so I'm fully convinced it's a deliberate act to disrupt the Gatwick airport."
Despite all they can do well, drones are lonely pilots and airport operators while their popularity has increased. Officers recently started if a drone was caused by a helicopter crash at a flight training session, and sight sighting of the drone provided ATC controllers for years of headaches. Due to their hard mechanical parts, UAVs are considered more dangerous in jets and planes than in birds.
The airport remains closed today, and services again run in Heathrow, Luton and Manchester, and to Paris and Amsterdam. Officials hope to reopen the airport at 11AM BST, or about 5AM ET.