Flight operations continue at Heathrow despite drone protest threat

Sep 13, 2019

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Flights in and out of London Heathrow (LHR) remain operational despite attempts by climate change activists to cause widespread disruption by using drones within a restricted zone around the airport. The potential disruption comes just days after the British Airways pilot strike meant grounded planes on Monday and Tuesday at the UK’s busiest airport.

In the latest statement from Heathrow, there is no anticipated disruption for the rest of the day: “We will continue to work with the authorities to carry out dynamic risk assessment programmes and keep our passengers flying safely on their journeys today.”

Flight tracking website Flightradar24, currently shows aircraft both taking off and landing as usual at Heathrow.

Earlier warnings that any disruptive action would be subject to the full force of the law would appear to have coerced the activists to fly the drones at around head height level and not directly in the flight path of aircraft. Kirsty Kiernan and Ryan Wallace, both professors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said that protesting in this manner would not pose any risk to aircraft.

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