Flights at East Midlands airport were diverted and a runaway was closed on Friday night after drones were sighted nearby.

Eight services were diverted on Friday evening, after disruption earlier that day as passenger flights were rerouted to other airports. Drones had previously been spotted on Friday afternoon near Donington Park in Leicestershire, about one mile (1.6km) from the airport, where the three-day Download festival is taking place.

The airport confirmed on Friday afternoon that “operational disruption” had been ongoing for the last 48 hours, the Leicester Mercury reported. The disruption on Friday afternoon began around 2pm and caused the airport to shut for 30 minutes, affecting “a small number of flights”, according to a statement by the airport.

A spokesperson for East Midlands airport confirmed that the runway, which was closed for about two hours from just after 10pm on Friday night, is now open.

The music festival’s organisers, Leicestershire police and the…