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Flights at Heathrow suspended after drone sighting

Flights at Heathrow suspended after drone sighting

Officials confirmed flights resumed at around 6.30pm, but warned there could be some disruption.

Fresh drone sightings have been reported at Heathrow Airport, with some flights suspended until further notice as an investigation is underway.

"As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate", the statement said.

The west London hub apologised for any disruption caused to passengers after flights were suspended for around an hour on Tuesday.

Heathrow wants thousands more flights to be in operation before the runway opens, which would require an easing of the current cap of 480,000 annual journeys - imposed as a condition of Terminal 5 opening.

Arriving planes, however, continued to land at Heathrow.

Heathrow served 78 million passengers in 2017, with 81 airlines flying to 204 destinations in 85 countries around the world.

Gatwick closed on the evening of December 19 and for much of the day on both December 20 and 21.

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Police have not charged anyone in relation to that incident.

Student Gabriella Linning, 20, said she is on a grounded flight to Newcastle, told MailOnline the pilot of her plane said passengers should let staff know if they wish to disembark.

The agency added that the United Kingdom government is working on expanding the use of technology to "detect and repel drones" at major sites like Heathrow, which actually acquired a new drone-repelling system in the wake of the Gatwick incident.

"We are deploying significant resources - both in terms of officers and equipment - to monitor the airspace around Heathrow and to quickly detect and disrupt any illegal drone activity; some of which are as a result of learning from the incidents at Gatwick".

Police could also fine drone users failing to comply with authorities or present registration to operate a drone up to £100.

The exclusion zone around airports will be extended to approximately a five kilometre radius, with additional extensions from the end of runways.

Gatwick and Heathrow officials have pledge to invest in anti-drone technology, with United Kingdom transport secretary Chris Grayling saying to Parliament on Monday to extend drone exclusion zones near United Kingdom airports.


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