London Heathrow airport resumes flights after reported drone sighting

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An airport spokesman confirmed flights had been suspended while investigations take place at the site, the latest incident comes on the day fresh police powers to tackle drones were announced in the wake of the crisis that disrupted more than 1,000 flights at Gatwick in December.

Departures from Heathrow Airport in London have been stopped after a potential drone sighting.

An aerial view of London Heathrow Airport in 2016.

Gatwick has since said it has invested in anti-drone technology, while Heathrow said that it would do so.

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

The airport said that "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".

Arriving planes are continuing to land at Heathrow.

One wrote: "So, waiting to taxi on flight to DC, they've just shut the engines off due to a reported drone at Heathrow".

In response to the chaos at Gatwick, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on Monday told parliament that drone exclusion zones around British airports were being extended and operators will have to register.

Heathrow and Gatwick responded by ordering military-grade anti-drone defences worth "several million pounds".

Gatwick and Heathrow officials have pledge to invest in anti-drone technology, with United Kingdom transport secretary Chris Grayling saying to Parliament on Monday to extend drone exclusion zones near United Kingdom airports. When a drone collided with a passenger plane over Quebec City, Quebec, last year, the plane landed safely.

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

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