Heathrow suspends departures after drone spotted

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"We apologies to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause".

This incident comes after operations at Gatwick Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Heathrow, were brought to a screeching halt amid the busy Christmas travel season because of drone sightings there.

The airport is planning for an increase in its capacity of up to an extra 25,000 flights a year before the third runway opens, Heathrow said, as it outlined the latest phase of its expansion proposals.

Frustrated passengers are taking to social media to express their frustration with the Heathrow drone chaos - with one suggesting "it was probably a plastic bag blowing in the wind".

Flights appeared to be taking off again about half an hour after Heathrow issued the statement, according to the Flightradar24 website.

"As a precautionary measure, Heathrow Airport has stopped departures and officers based at Heathrow are now investigating the reports with colleagues from airport".

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.

Flight departures have been suspended at London's Heathrow Airport following reports of a drone sighting.

The alleged sighting came four days after both Heathrow and Gatwick airports reported they were investing millions of pounds in equipment to prevent future flight disruption.

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. No arrivals, no departures due to Drone activity in the area'.

The exclusion zone around airports is now one kilometre (half a mile) and this will be extended to five kilometres.

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