Gatwick Airport, London’s second most busiest airport, was stopped after at least one drone was discovered flying over its airfield on Wednesday and Thursday.
Domestic flights were redirected to airports as far as Paris and outbound flights were founded from 9pm Wednesday until about 3:00 Thursday.
The airport, about 25 miles south of central London, was opened immediately, but the authorities closed it again at 3:45 after a drone was discovered again. The airport, which connects pilots to 230 destinations in 70 countries, remained closed on Thursday morning.
Chris Woodroofe, the leading operator at Gatwick Airport, told Sky News that two employees had first seen a dronning Wednesday night.
The drones have appeared and disappeared and appeared and disappeared, he said. A drone flew over the airfield Thursday morning, he said.
Since the popularity of drones has increased in recent years, it has also reported worldwide reports about their role in causing airline disturbances. British statistics have shown a steady increase in drone observations near airports in recent years.
Flying a drone within a kilometer, or about three fifths of a mile, is illegal and punishable by up to five years in jail in Britain, according to the Civil Aviation Administration.
Gatwick Airport was also closed after drone sightings in July 2017.
Frustrated passengers waited for social media about their disturbed plans. A traveler wrote that she had a “tour of all London airport” after stopping at Stansted and Heathrow, while a man who said he had been redirected to Paris wondered if his dog should go .