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Flights resume at Heathrow Airport after brief suspension due to 'drone sighting'

Press Trust of India  |  London 

London's Heathrow airport, the busiest aviation hub of Europe, on Tuesday suspended all departing flights for a brief period following reports of a drone sighting, just three weeks after a similar incident at led to the grounding of about 1,000 flights.

The flights were suspended at around 1705 GMT. After about an hour, the flights resumed.

The said at approximately 1705 GMT, it "received reports of a sighting of a drone in the vicinity of Heathrow airport" and as a precautionary measure, the stopped all departures.

Arriving planes, however, continued to land at the

Around 81 airlines serving 204 destinations operate out of Heathrow, located west of

At 1835 GMT, flights at the airport, which handles 213,668 passengers a day, resumed following the interruption.

A Heathrow said the airport staff were continuing to monitor the situation.

"We continue to work closely with the to respond to reports of drones at Heathrow.

"Based on standard operating procedures, working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, we have resumed departures out of Heathrow following a short suspension. We continue to monitor the situation and apologise to any passengers that were affected by this disruption," the said

Between December 19 and December 21 last year, nearly 140,000 people were affected after Gatwick airport, UK's second biggest hub, suspended its flights following drone sightings which occurred over a three-day period in the run-up to

The armed forces had to be called in to deal with the situation at the

The latest incident came few days after both the airports reportedly invested significant amount of money in

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 01:15 IST