Gatwick flights halted after drone sighting

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Flights due to take off remained parked on the runway, while others scheduled to land at Gatwick were diverted to other airports, according to some passengers who took to Twitter to express their annoyance over the situation.

Flights at London's Gatwick airport resumed on Thursday (Dec 19) after the UK's second-busiest airport halted them for six hours to investigate reports of two drones flying over its airfield, inconveniencing passengers days before the Christmas holiday period.

"Unfortunately, this incident has led to a number of flights being diverted to other airports and delays to flights departing from Gatwick".

Passengers have been warned disruption could continue on Thursday.

The air traffic control tower at Gatwick Airport is seen through fields in southern England, Britain, October 9, 2016.

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The Airport later confirmed the problems were caused by two drones. It wasn't immediately clear how many flights were affected in total, said Mr Mark Lever, a Gatwick spokesman.

Gatwick airport apologised for the suspension but said the safety of passengers was a priority.

The 20-year-old from Aldershot told the Press Association: "We got told there would be some arrangements with coaches for us when we get out the terminal.it was just chaos and they had only two coaches and taxis charging people £600 to get to Gatwick".

Oana Damian tweeted that her flight had been diverted to London Heathrow but no-one could disembark as there were no customs and ground handling operations in place to deal with the plane.

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