The flights inside and outside the second-busiest airport of Britain were suspended because the drones were seen flying in the area. Ten thousand passengers were affected by delays and cancellations at Gatwick Airport, south of London, including 4,000 queues at airports that did not depart or arrive, and 6,000 were on flights that were diverted.
Airport officials said closing began at 9 pm Wednesday after two drones were seen flying at the airport.
The runway was reopened six hours later but closed again after 45 minutes followed by another sighting of the drones. The chief operating officer of the airport called it "intentional action."
Twenty police units are looking for drone operators, but officials can not shoot drones due to the danger of wild ammunition.
Airport officials expect the number of passengers over Christmas.  But only Thursday, 760 flights by Gatwick were delayed or canceled. Some of these travels to major American airports in cities such as Los Angeles and New York.
Flight of a drone within three-fifths of a mile of an airport in the UK is illegal and may be punished for up to five years in prison. The police said they did not believe it was a case of terrorism right now, but we know that groups of fears threatened to use drones as weapons. It is an aviation and security officer who has long been frightened at airports around the world.
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