RAF REQUEST CLOSES HEATHROW AIRSPACE DUE TO CLASSIFED AIR PROTECTION

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Dozens of planes have been diverted or delayed after an “unplanned” request by the RAF to halt arrivals at Heathrow.

A spokesman for the west London airport said the request for airspace closure began at around 9am and lasted for approximately 20 minutes.

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Several other flights were delayed for up to an hour as aircraft were kept in stacks around London while waiting for permission to land.

A Heathrow spokesman said: “Arrivals were paused briefly this morning due to an RAF request for an operational flight within part of Heathrow’s airspace. Arrivals are now operating as normal.”


An RAF spokesman said: “The RAF can confirm that a flight was completed this morning by one of our assets from RAF Northolt.

“This flight was coordinated with Heathrow ATC but had to extend by a few minutes to complete its sortie. The minor delays caused to civilian air traffic are regretted.”

 






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