“Once refuelled easyJet plans to continue three flights on to London Gatwick and is arranging coach transfers on to London Gatwick for passengers on flight EZY8832 from Bodrum that diverted to London Southend,” she added.”The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.”While the circumstances are outside of our control, easyJet apologises for any inconvenience caused.”British Airways was also forced to divert one of its planes from Valencia to Bournemouth Airport, which is expected to take off again shortly, a spokesman said.Sussex Police are also investigating. A Drone on the flightpath into Gatwick : our @British_Airways flight diverted to Bournemouth. On the Tarmac waiting … for an update— HOLLY JOHNSON (@TheHollyJohnson) July 2, 2017 Passengers on delayed flights were told that a drone flying too close to the airport was to blame.On one flight travelling to Geneva passengers were told: “We’ve been delayed by some idiot flying a drone.”Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson tweeted that he had been on board one of the diverted British Airways flights.A member of the British Airways social media team responded: “We hope our cabin crew can provide you with an update soon.”A Gatwick spokesman said the incident was being investigated. In a statement the airport said: “Due to reports of a drone observation in the vicinity of the airfield, runway operations at Gatwick were suspended between 18:10 BST and 1819, and again from 1836 to 1841, resulting in a small number of go-arounds and diverts.”Operations have resumed and the police continue to investigate.”Four EasyJet flights were diverted during the runway closure, a spokeswoman for the airline said. Flights were disrupted at Gatwick on Sunday evening after a drone flew too close to the airport.The runway had to be closed twice, once for nine minutes and later again for five minutes. Some flights were diverted, with one being sent to Stansted and another to Bournemouth, while others were left circling the airport. Not entirely what was planned…aborted landing over gatwick due to a drone, now in Bournemouth! 👀 pic.twitter.com/S6YcOSdhn1— niamh (@niamhyleaf) July 2, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.