Flights suspended at Britain's Gatwick airport after reports of drones

Flights suspended at Britain's Gatwick airport after reports of drones

However, the airfield only reopened for a mere 44 minutes before being closed again after a further sighting of the drones.

As the Christmas getaway starts, flights in and out of Gatwick have been suspended after drones were spotted in the area.

Social media users spoke of flights being forced to head to other United Kingdom airports, including London Heathrow, Luton and Manchester.

The two drones were spotted near the runway on Wednesday, prompting the UK's second busiest airport to suspend all flights while authorities investigate the intrusion, according to The Guardian.

Thousands of passengers were affected by the delays at Gatwick airport, with many forced to wait aboard their aircrafts for extended periods of time. Flying a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary was made illegal in Britain at the end of July.

Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Luke Mccomiskie showing the scene inside a plane three hours after it landed at Manchester having been diverted from Gatwick Airport which had been closed because of the sighting of drones.

"We also have the helicopter up in the air but the police advice is that it would be risky to seek to shoot the drone down because of what may happen to the stray bullets".

Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted.

The airport said it was working with Sussex Police into early Thursday to investigate and wouldn't reopen until it had "suitable reassurance".

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

One passenger confirmed she was finally being let off the plane about six and a half hours after landing.

He later added: "Update".

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