Heathrow Airport ‘working to stay open’ during drone protest on climate change
Heathrow Airport said it will work to stay open during planned drone disruption on Friday, which it warned would be illegal.
The group Heathrow Pause plans to disrupt the airport with toy drones on 13 September, hoping it will ground flights and put pressure on the government to take tougher steps to reduce carbon emissions.
It comes as BA is in the midst of a pilot strike which has turned Heathrow Terminal 5 into a “ghost town”.
Heathrow airport said it was working with police, air traffic controllers and aviation authorities to ensure it would be able to remain open.
“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.
“Alongside drone detection capabilities, we will mitigate the impact of this illegal action and operate in a way that is safe at all times.”
The airport also warned protesters that flying a drone within 5km (3.1miles) of the airport is illegal and said anyone caught doing so would be subject to “the full force of the law”.