Monday, 17 June, 2019

Heathrow Airport suspends all flights due to 'drone sighting' - latest updates

Gatwick airport passengers Passengers at Gatwick airport were left stranded while the drone sightings were investigated
Ginger Lawrence | 08 January, 2019, 20:42

Mr Grayling said: "We are in contact with Heathrow Airport concerning the drone sighting". The airport in West London is the businest in the United Kingdom, as well as being the second businest airport in the world in terms of global passenger traffic.

"We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow", the airport said.

It added that "officers based at Heathrow are now investigating", along with colleagues from the airport.

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport says.

Another said: "Stuck onboard a plane in runway at #Heathrow. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause", it said.

Britain will expand drone exclusion zones around airports from the current 1km to three miles (about 5km), after drones near Gatwick airport cancelled about 1000 flights.

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More than 140,000 passengers at Gatwick were affected during 36 hours of chaos between 19 and 21 December.

The government is moving forward with plans to give police new powers to tackle drones misuse and abuse, with the publication of their response to the drones consultation today (7 January 2019).

"I am clear the government is taking action to ensure that passengers have confidence their journeys will not be disrupted in future, aircraft can safely use our key transport hubs and criminals misusing drones can be brought to justice".

Following the end to the initial drone-related disturbance at Gatwick, Security Minister Ben Wallace said: "I can say that we are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the United Kingdom to combat this threat".

The exclusion zone around airports is now one kilometre (half a mile) and this will be extended to five kilometres. Heathrow also confirmed it would be buying systems to guard against drones.

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