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London’s Gatwick airport disrupted by hot-air balloon

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, April 13, 2012 7:46 EDT
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Passengers at Gatwick airport via AFP
 
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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.

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