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3 hours ago, Badman said:

PMSL wait, what?!

I have never seen anybody be able to describe so confidently how they are doing something based on pure chance any not by anything with a tangible strategy

'yeah lads the coast is clear...we sure showed them'

smh 

They can hardly give away what the measures are can they

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On 12/22/2018 at 9:35 AM, Badman said:

Refuse to believe they have arrested anyone of significance 

probably just trying to look like they are doing something for the sake of it

Long live the drone vigilantes! ?

 

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A man and woman arrested in connection with drone sightings that grounded flights at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge.

snm :lmao:

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On 12/26/2018 at 12:56 AM, MGEEZ said:

They literally made this up to distract us

 

 

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A controlling stake in Gatwick, the UK’s second-biggest airport, is being sold to the French group Vinci Airports for £2.9bn.

The US investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) is selling a majority stake of 50.01% in the airport to Vinci. GIP bought Gatwick from the airports operator BAA for £1.5bn in 2009 and spent £1.9bn modernising the airport during its ownership.

Gatwick, the eighth-busiest airport in Europe by passenger numbers, was heavily disrupted in the run-up to Christmas after drone sightings closed its runway, affecting more than 100,000 passengers. The airport resumed flights on Friday and has invested £5m in a range of anti-drone technologies over the past few days. Gatwick said there was no single commercial solution available for the type of drone activity seen last week.

Gatwick will be the largest in Vinci’s portfolio of 46 airports spread across 12 countries. The French group’s network includes Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport, Nantes Atlantique and Grenoble Alpes Isère in France; Lisbon, Porto and Funchal in Portugal, and Osaka Itami and Kansai International in Japan.

Gatwick’s chair, Sir David Higgins, said the deal was a “vote of confidence in Gatwick and its future potential”. He will stay on, along with the chief executive, Stewart Wingate, who said there would be no changes to the immediate running of the airport. 

Gatwick employs about 3,000 people and the deal is not expected to have any impact on jobs.

The GIP partner Michael McGhee said: “We expect the transaction to be completed by the middle of next year, with the senior leadership team remaining in place.

“Their focus, along with everyone at Gatwick, obviously remains on doing their very best for customers over the busy holiday period after the challenges of recent days.”

Vinci’s president, Nicolas Notebaert, said: “As Gatwick’s new industrial partner, Vinci Airports will support and encourage growth of traffic, operational efficiency and leverage its international expertise in the development of commercial activities to further improve passenger satisfaction and experience.”

Gatwick operates the busiest single runway in the world and serves 228 destinations in 74 countries. The airport’s new owner vowed to push ahead with a planned 15-year investment programme. 

The airport handles about 46 million passengers a year, up from 32 million at the time of its previous sale. A decade ago, BAA, owned by the Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial, was ordered by the Competition Commission to sell Gatwickamid concerns over its dominance of the airport market. The deal ended BAA’s four-decade long monopoly over the capital’s major airports.

GIP owns Edinburgh airport and owned London City airport for a decade until 2016. The infrastructure group also recently acquired a 50% stake of the UK’s largest offshore windfarm, Orsted’s Hornsea 1.

Gatwick reported revenues of £764.2m for the year to 31 March, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of £411.2m.

 

 

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