Drone sightings ground planes at major British airport

London's Gatwick Airport completely shut after drone sightings

London's Gatwick Airport suspends all flights on drone report

Gatwick announced the runway had reopened at about 3am on Thursday, but 45 minutes later it was shut again after a further sighting of drones.

Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield Flights were grounded at Gatwick Airport after reports of a drone flying over the airfield.

All departures and arrivals were suspended at about 9pm last night after the drones were seen flying above the airport.

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It is illegal to fly drones within 1 kilometer of an airfield and a police investigation was underway, Gatwick said.

Thousands of passengers were affected by the delays at Gatwick airport, with many forced to wait aboard their aircrafts for extended periods of time.

Sussex Police launched an investigation and Gatwick promised to reopen the runway following "suitable reassurance".

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"If there is anybody at Luton airport that has been diverted from Gatwick airport and needs a lift home, let me know", he wrote on Twitter.

"Our focus is now on working, with the airport community, to catch up on the flight schedule", the airport spokesman said.

"Passengers due to take off reported planes being stuck on the Tarmac for more than an hour", the publication added.

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Ms Jaworska said it was "strange" that two drones had led to the closure of the airport.

Gatwick Airport said airlines were "working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation" or provide alternative travel options.

Gatwick Airport apologised to travellers for the inconvenience in a tweet, adding that "safety is our foremost priority".

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