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Flights resume at UK's Heathrow Airport after drone sightings, airport confirms

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By Pascale Davies  & Emma Beswick
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Flights at the UK's Heathrow airport have resumed after being suspended over reports of drone sighting, the airport said on Tuesday.

“We continue to work closely with the Met Police 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," a Heathrow spokesperson said in a statement.

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

The UK's transport secretary Chris Grayling said on Twitter that the military was "preparing to deploy the equipment used a Gatwick" if necessary.

Flight's to the UK's Gatwick airport ground to a halt in December, which affected more than 100,000 travellers over the Christmas period.

Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, launched a public consultation on Tuesday ahead of the construction of a third runway, where gave details on how it plans to mitigate noise disruption for locals from thousands of extra flights, according to Reuters.