Illegal Drone Activities Disrupt Flights At Dublin Airport

Flights were disrupted at the Dublin Airport due to illegal drone activities on Monday, with passengers’ flights diverted or suspended as a result. The incident lasted for around 40 minutes, and passengers were left stranded until about 7.45 pm when flight operations resumed.

According to reports, this is the third time this is happening in a row; in fact, some flights were interrupted at the airport last Friday and Saturday.

What Authorities Are Saying About The Illegal Drone Activities

Addressing the situation, a spokesperson for the operator of Dublin Airport DAA has described the ongoing drone disruptions at the airport as “reckless and irresponsible behaviour” and called on authorities to prosecute those found responsible for it.

“It is unacceptable that thousands of passengers have now faced a third day of disruptions due to apparent drone activity at Dublin Airport.

The reckless and irresponsible behaviour of those causing ongoing drone disruptions at Dublin Airport is unacceptable.

Those found responsible will face prosecution. While safety and security remain our top priorities, such disruptions cause huge inconvenience to our passengers.”

Passenger stranded at the airport

The spokesman added that the six flights diverted on Monday returned to the airport in the evening.

He also assured passengers that the airport’s drone detection unit is working with other air traffic control providers, pilots, and ground crew to ensure a safe and timely response in the case of these disruptions.

Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair has condemned the situation and called on the minister for transport, Eamon Ryan, to prevent further disruption.

“It is unacceptable that thousands of passengers have now faced a third day of disruptions due to apparent drone activity at Dublin Airport.

We are yet again calling on Minister Ryan to confirm what action is being taken to protect the country’s main airport from repeated disruptions from illegal drone activity.”

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