Rail disruption - 4 & 6 October 2023

Due to planned industrial action, there will be disruption to rail and London Underground services between Heathrow and Central London between Wednesday 4 October and Friday 6 October 2023.


Over this period, there will be disruption to Heathrow Express and Piccadilly line services. The Elizabeth line will be operating as normal, and inter-terminal transfer services between all terminals will also be completed by these services.


Passengers should plan their journeys before travelling, and allow for additional time where necessary as services will be busier than normal.

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ULEZ expansion - 29 August 2023

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone, or ULEZ, is expanding to encompass all of Greater London, including Heathrow Airport, from the 29 August 2023.


The initiative, implemented by Transport for London (TfL), is aimed at reducing air pollution in London, therefore all vehicles entering the airport must meet certain emissions standards in order to avoid paying a daily charge.


The daily charge for non-compliant vehicles is £12.50 for most vehicles, including cars, vans, and motorcycles.


The charge will be in addition to any other fees or charges associated with entering the airport. The charge only applies when a vehicle is driven within the ULEZ zone, and does not apply to stationary vehicles including when cars are parked at Heathrow.


Please note, if you have booked Meet & Greet or Valet Parking with a non-compliant vehicle, and have selected a different exit terminal to your entry terminal, you will be liable for payment of a ULEZ charge to transfer your vehicle to another terminal.

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Drone operations at Heathrow

Drone operations near Heathrow: regulations and safety precautions

Drone operations near airports, including Heathrow, are subject to strict regulations to ensure the safety of aircraft and passengers. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has designated certain areas around airports as "no-fly zones" for drones, and it is illegal to fly a drone in these areas without permission from the airport and the CAA.

If a drone is spotted in the vicinity of an airport, it can cause serious disruption to flight operations, as planes may have to be diverted or grounded until the drone is safely removed. In the UK, it is a criminal offence to endanger the safety of an aircraft and those found guilty of this offence can face up to five years in prison.

Heathrow Airport has measures in place to detect and deter drones, including using a variety of technologies such as radar and radio frequency detectors, as well as collaborating with law enforcement agencies to investigate any drone sightings. If you have any concerns or information about drones at Heathrow, you should report it to the airport authorities or the police.


Heathrow Flight Restriction Zone

The FRZ (Flight Restriction Zone) shape at Heathrow Airport is made by using the aerodrome traffic zone and the Runway Protection Zone(s). It is a rectangular shape that is 5 kilometres long and 1 kilometre wide, starting from the end of each runway. Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield. (NATS)

Apply for an off-airfield permit

To get permission to fly a drone outside the airport, you need an Off Airfield Drone Permit.

You have to apply for this permit through the NATS NSF portal and must apply at least 14 days before you plan to fly the drone.

Register as a drone operator

Registering as an operator with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is a must if you plan to fly a drone.

You can register by visiting the "Register as a drone operator" page on the UK Civil Aviation Authority website.

Drone Assist App

NATS, the primary air traffic control provider in the UK, has created Drone Assist UK, a useful app that provides comprehensive information on flying a drone in the country. You can download the app by visiting the Drone Assist UK page on either the App Store or Google Play.