Departures halted at London's Heathrow Airport due to drone sighting

Departures halted at London's Heathrow Airport due to drone sighting

"We continue to monitor this situation and apologise to any passengers that were affected by this disruption".

Critics demanded to know why Europe's busiest airport was without permanent drone defences nearly three weeks after a similar incident led to a shutdown at Gatwick.

Gatwick is the country's second busiest airport, after Heathrow, according to 2017 data from the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Authority.

The consultation will take in views over flight path options for the expanded airport, as well as proposals for runway alternation and a ban on scheduled night flights to reduce noise for local residents.

Police have not said whether the investigation confirmed a drone a drone actually flew near the airport.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "We are in contact with Heathrow Airport concerning the drone sighting".

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The drama was short-lived, however, and flights resumed quickly, with flight-tracking website Flight Radar 24 tweeting that departures had begun again, but adding that there was a "backlog waiting to depart" the airport. We are working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police and have resumed departures out of Heathrow after a short suspension.

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

Coincidentally, this comes on the same day the United Kingdom government's Department for Transport announced a series of new drone-related powers for police, including new airport exclusion zones.

Both airports responded to the Gatwick incident by ordering military-grade anti-drone technology.

A senior detective also said at one point it was possible drones hadn't flown over the airport, sowing confusion, but police later insisted the drone sightings were authentic.

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