Gatwick airport has reopened its runway following the disruption caused by drones on Wednesday evening and throughout Thursday.

The airport posted the following message on its Twitter page at 1500 this afternoon (Friday December 21):

The airport was forced to suspend all flights on Wednesday evening following reports of drones being flown over the airfield, and while it briefly reopened in the early hours of Thursday morning, the airport was effectively closed for all flights yesterday.

The disruption has so far affected around 120,000 passengers. A statement on the British Airways website this morning said:

“We are operating flights to and from London Gatwick today, however, we expect there will be some continued disruption from Thursday’s closure.”

The carrier added that “We are offering customers due to travel on Friday 21 December to or from London Gatwick a range of rebook and refund options.”

Business Traveller will update this article as the day progresses.