Gatwick airport disrupted by hot-air balloon
Balloon strays into secure airspace, putting 5 departing flights on hold.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Photo: ZUMA Press
LONDON — Flights at Britain's second largest air hub, London's Gatwick Airport, were disrupted on April 13 when a hot-air balloon strayed into its airspace, 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 8:20 GMT.
Gatwick is the busiest single-runway airport in the world, handling around 33 million passengers a year.
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