Heathrow airport says flights have resumed after drone disruption

08 January, 2019, 23:52 | Author: Frank Williams
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London's Metropolitan Police said it received a report about a drone "in the vicinity of Heathrow airport" at about 5:05 p.m. Police and airport officials were investigating the reported sighting, which was not confirmed.

ITV reporter Sarah Rogers said her plane's pilot grounded her flight to Manchester while police "investigate possible drone activity".

"We are committed to delivering expansion responsibly and we encourage everyone to have their say and take part". "We apologies to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause".

Speaking to the BBC, a Heathrow spokesperson said the airport's administration were working with the police to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport after drones were reported.

Some 81 airlines serving 204 destinations operate out of Heathrow, located west of London.

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About 1,000 flights were cancelled there over three days due to the drone sightings. The latest sightings come a month after a drone caused major travel disruptions in December for almost 150,000 travellers. A couple were arrested, but they were released without charge.

The British army had to be deployed to the airport on December 20 after it grounded all flights.

Chris Grayling announced on Monday this week that he is seeking changes to the law which would allow officers to rapidly respond to and thwart drone attacks, including the ability to search premises of suspects and require users to produce documentation similar to a driver's licence.

Emma Gilthorpe, executive director for expansion at Heathrow, said the proposals were crucial in ensuring the airport remained fit for the future.

More than 140,000 passengers at Gatwick were affected during 36 hours of chaos between 19 and 21 December. This is to be combined with the ability to issue up to £100 fixed penalty notices on the spot to anyone seen operating a flying toy in a rogue-like fashion, and an extension of exclusion zones around runway ends at airports.

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