Gatwick's December Drone Closure Cost Airlines $64.5 Million

The drone activity that disrupted pre-Christmas flights in and out of London’s Gatwick airport for 33 hours cost airlines an estimated £50 million ($64.5 million).

Fortune

The drone activity that disrupted pre-Christmas flights in and out of London’s Gatwick airport for 33 hours cost airlines an estimated £50 million ($64.5 million).

That number was extrapolated by The Independent from EasyJet’s announcement that it lost £15 million ($19.3 million) in revenue and customer welfare costs during the shutdown. The budget airline added that the drone incident and subsequent disruption — including the cancellation of over 1,000 flights — was a “wake-up call” for airports. Gatwick is now planning a drill to try to improve its response to any similar threats that may occur in the future.

Read more: http://fortune.com/2019/01/22/gatwick-drone-closure-cost/

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