Gatwick Airport in London had to close in December 2018 due to the presence of drones

Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport is not the only one that has suffered the closure of its facilities and the cancellation of flights due to a drone, in December 2018 the London Gatwick airport had to be closed due to the presence of two drones Hi-tech in the vicinity of the terminal, which forced the runways to close and left about 115,000 passengers on land who planned to go through the second UK airport that Christmas.

The British Government had to cancel the 765 flights planned for that day in what they considered a «deliberate attack»: British law prohibits the flight of drones within a kilometer of an airport and the crime can be punishable by five years of prison

The airfield plunged those days into chaos as it was one of the weekends with the most traffic: 2.9 million passengers planned to go through the airport for Christmas holidays.

The drones were detected on Wednesday, December 19 at 9:00 p.m. local time, at which time the track was closed, which only reopened for 44 minutes in the morning until the artifacts were sighted again.

The 6,000 people who planned to land at the airport that night did so at other UK terminals after their flights were diverted. In addition, thousands of travelers were trapped in airplanes for hours and hundreds of airplanes were diverted to other airports, including those in Paris and Amsterdam.


In addition, this summer a group of environmental activists attempted to disrupt air traffic at London’s Heathrow airport by flying toy drones. They required stricter measures to reduce greenhouse gases.

The British police managed to stop the plan with the arrest of two men on suspicion of conspiracy to alter public order. Five other suspects were arrested for the same reason.

The group had announced that the drones would fly at eye level and that they did not intend to cause any damage. The airport called the plan of the counterproductive and criminal platform.