London’s Gatwick airport disrupted by hot-air balloon
Flights at Britain’s second largest air hub, London’s Gatwick Airport, were disrupted on Friday when a hot-air balloon strayed into itsairspace, a spokeswoman said.
Five departing flights were affected after airspace was shut on safety grounds at the airport in Sussex, she said.
“Airspace was shut for safety reasons after a hot-air balloon strayed into the Horsham area,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the airport reopened at 0820 GMT.
Gatwick is the busiest single-runway airport in the world, handling around 33 million passengers a year.