THE ‘no-fly zone’ for drones around UK airports is to be extended with immediate effect.

This area of airspace will be enlarged to 5km at airports across the country.

The news comes after severe disruption at Gatwick Airport in 2018, when drone sightings led to around 1,000 flights being cancelled.

‘No-fly zone’ for the machines will be extended under plans No fly zones to be extended around airports Wednesday February 27, 2019 NEWS 13 announced by the government and the Civil Aviation Authority and the new ruling will kick into place on March 13.

The previous boundary was restricted to 1km from runways at airports, so the move will see a significant increase to the tolerance of drone use around airspace.

Any breach of the new rules could land offenders with a pr ison sentence of up to five years.