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

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A major global airport in Britain was forced to ground flights after reports of drones flying over the airfield, the airport said on Thursday.

Gatwick advised anyone flying from the airport, or collecting someone, to check the status of their flight.

According to the BBC, "Two of the unmanned devices were reportedly spotted near a runway, leading to delays and diversions as flights were suspended".

London's Gatwick airport was forced to suspend flights overnight on Wednesday after two drones were repeatedly sighted over the airfield.

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There were multiple reports of drone sightings since the initial report of two drones at 9.03pm local time on Wednesday (Thursday 5.03am, Singapore time), Gatwick said in an earlier statement.

"We will update when we have suitable reassurance that it is appropriate to re-open the runway", said the airport, which is investigating the situation alongside police.

He criticised the "irresponsible" act and 10,000 people had been affected by the closure, including 2,000 whose flights had been unable to take off.

Fraser Hutcheson tweeted: "Had to land at Birmingham airport because #GatwickAirport has been closed due to drone activity".

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One of Britain's busiest airports has been closed after drones were seen over the airfield, stranding passengers just days before Christmas.

Gatwick added that airlines had been working to provide delayed and diverted passenger with hotel accommodation or transport.

The incident has caused more than 20 flights to be diverted to airports across the United Kingdom and continental Europe, according to data from the Flightradar24.com website.

Lyndsey Clarke, from Southend, said she was stuck on a plane for more than four hours after it was rerouted to Stansted.

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