Gatwick Airport won't re-open 'for the foreseeable future'

No end in sight to disruption at London's Gatwick International Airport which has been shut down due to drone sightings.

Ben Ariel ,

Gatwick International Airport
Gatwick International Airport

There is no end in sight to the disruption at London's Gatwick International Airport, which has been shut down since Wednesday night due to drone sightings, the BBC reported Thursday.

Sussex Police said they had received nearly 50 reports of a drone being flown around Gatwick since mid-evening on Wednesday, according to the report.

The force is leading the operation to try and catch the person operating the device, which has grounded all flights from the airport.

A spokeswoman said the airport does not expect to re-open "for the foreseeable future and the advice to passengers remains not to come to the airport."

Meanwhile, according to the BBC, the Army has deployed "specialist equipment" to Gatwick.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson had confirmed the military deployment.

"The armed forces have a range of unique capabilities and this isn't something we would usually deploy but we are there to assist and do everything we can so that they are in a position to open the airport at the earliest opportunity," said Williamson.

Men in military uniform were seen arriving at the airport at about 20:00 GMT and liaising with police officers, before entering the grounds in convoy, the report said.

The military deployment came as Easyjet cancelled all of its flights from Gatwick for the rest of the day.

The airline, the biggest operator at the airport, said there was "no indication" when Gatwick would reopen.

An Easyjet spokesperson said, "We are making every effort to get people to their destination at this important time of the year, but following reports of drones flying over Gatwick Airport, the runway remains closed and all flights are currently suspended."

The airline said it expected disruption to continue into Friday and is advising all passengers to check the status of their flight.