Heathrow Airport says it aims to stay open during drone disruption

Heathrow Airport says it aims to stay open during drone disruption

FILE PHOTO: British Airways passenger plane prepares to land at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in L
FILE PHOTO: A British Airways passenger plane prepares to land at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London. (Photo: Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

LONDON: Britain's Heathrow Airport said it will work to ensure it stays open and can operate safely during planned drone disruption by climate activists due to start on Friday (Sep 13).

A group calling itself Heathrow Pause has said it plans to disrupt the airport with toy drones from Friday, a step they hope will ground flights and put pressure on the government to take tougher steps to reduce carbon emissions.

The airport said in a statement: "In order to ensure that our operation remains open and safe, we are working closely with a number of stakeholders including the police, (air traffic controllers) NATS and (aviation regulator) CAA to ensure that the UK's hub airport does not close."

"We have in place dynamic risk assessment programmes which are carried out by airfield and security experts and at no time will safety be compromised," it added. "Alongside drone detection capabilities, we will mitigate the impact of this illegal action and operate in a way that is safe at all times."

Source: Reuters/ga

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