Europe's busiest airport has reopened after it was shut down because of a drone sighting

London Heathrow Airport

  • London’s
    Heathrow
    Airport
    has reopened after suspending all flight departures
    because of a drone sighting Tuesday evening.
  • The airport suspended departures for roughly one hour.

  • Last month
    , drones shut down London’s Gatwick Airport for 32
    hours.
  • A Heathrow spokesperson said the airport is working with
    London’s Metropolitan Police Service “to prevent any threat to
    operational safety.”
  • Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe and the seventh
    busiest in the world, handling more than 78 million passengers
    annually. 

London’s Heathrow Airport has reopened after suspending all
flight departures because of a drone sighting Tuesday evening.

According to the airport’s departure
board
, no flights left Heathrow between 5:12 p.m. and 6:11
p.m. 

A Heathrow spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider earlier on
Tuesday that departures had been suspended because of a drone
sighting. 

“We are currently responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and
are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to
operational safety,” the spokesperson said in a statement to
Business Insider. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped
departures while we investigate. We apologize to passengers for any
inconvenience this may cause.”

Heathrow is one of
the largest airports in the world
, with about 100,000
departures
per day
. It’s also the
busiest airport in Europe
and the seventh busiest in the world
with more than 78 million passengers annually. 

Read more:
Video shows the damage a drone can do to a plane, as Gatwick
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The shutdown follows a 32-hour hold on flights at London’s
Gatwick Airport
last month
. More than 120,000 people had their journeys
disrupted as a result of the Gatwick shut down. However, following
the closure, British police
said the drone sightings
may not have actually been
genuine.

No departures at London Heathrow Airport
amid reports of a drone sighting 😞 pic.twitter.com/vWYUNvgDLm

— Danny Lee (@JournoDannyAero)
January 8, 2019

 

SEE ALSO: Whoever
used a drone to shut down Gatwick Airport for 32 hours has evaded
capture, and could easily do it again

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Europe's busiest airport has reopened after it was shut down because of a drone sighting