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Gatwick Airport runway closed following drone sightings

There's severe disruption at Gatwick Airport after multiple drone sightings near the runway - forcing its closure.

The airport closed its runway from 9pm last night (Wednesday 19th December) for six hours before another drone was spotted, forcing a second closure.

It's causing huge disruption - with outgoing flights grounded and incoming ones diverted, just as the Christmas getaway begins.

Thousands of people have been stranded - and others have had flights diverted.

Gatwick is advising people to check with their airlines before heading to the airport.

The airport's been publishing updates on its social media pages:

Sussex Police have launched an investigation.

The Civil Aviation Authority has released this statement.

John Belo's flight to Portugal was stuck on the runway, and he says he got very little information. 

These people at the airport have been waiting for loved ones to arrive - but their flights have been diverted.

Gatwick's Chief Operating Officer Chris Woodrofe has been giving his reaction.

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