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Heathrow flights diverted after Royal Air Force demands use of airspace

Christian Fernsby |
Dozens of planes were diverted or delayed as Heathrow was forced to suspend arrivals due to a Royal Air Force (RAF) flight, according to the airport.

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A spokesman for the west London hub said the RAF’s request for airspace closure was “unplanned”.

The closure of airspace which began at around 9am today lasted for approximately 20 minutes.

At least four Heathrow-bound British Airways flights and one Virgin Atlantic aircraft were forced to land at other airports such as Gatwick, Stansted and Luton.

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

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