EasyJet lost £15m during Gatwick drone chaos

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EasyJet says the disruption to flights caused by the drone sightings at Gatwick airport in December has cost it about £15m.

The airport was hit with an unprecedented 33 hour shutdown days before Christmas, leaving over 100,000 travellers stranded and their holiday plans ruined.

The airline has revealed it paid out £10m in "customer welfare costs" and said it had lost £5m of revenues due to flight cancellations.

EasyJet said the incident affected around 82,000 customers and led to more than 400 flights being cancelled.

However, the carrier also said it had made a good start to the year and was "well prepared" for Brexit.

The runway was first closed at 9pm on Wednesday 19 December and around 120,000 people were affected by the shutdown as flights began to resume two days later.

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