Dublin Airport Flights Resume After Drone Sighting

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Flights have already resumed at Dublin Airport following a “confirmed sighting of a drone” earlier that prompted a 30-minute suspension of operations.

In a statement, Dublin airport said that a pilot had reported a drone sighting to air traffic control at approximately 11.30am.

Citing “safety reasons,” it disclosed that flight operations were suspended “in line with agreed protocols for confirmed drone sightings.”

It added: “As there were no further drone sighting within the 30-minute suspension period, Dublin Airport resumed flight operations shortly after noon.”

Three flights were diverted because of the disruption, and the airport said that there will also be some knock-on delays to flights today.

The airport said that police and other authorities were immediately notified regarding the incident since Ireland has drone regulations that impose a 5km exclusion zone around airports, among other things.

Last December, reported some drone sightings resulted in a 36-hour shutdown of the Gatwick airport of London— the second-largest airport of the United Kingdom. More than 100,000 passengers were affected by the delays.

Meanwhile, last January, the flights were disrupted for around an hour at the Heathrow airport of London.

Analyst estimates suggest that businesses — including airlines, hotels, taxis, and retailers — could easily have lost tens of millions in combined revenues as an outcome of the fracas at Gatwick, with the airport alone believed to have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in revenue.

EasyJet, the low-cost behemoth which has its biggest base at Gatwick, said that it had lost £15 million due to the disruption, with approximately £10 million of the costs related to customer welfare.

The incident affected approximately 82,000 of its customers and resulted in the cancellation of more than 400 flights.

Last January, the transport ministry of Ireland said that it would carry out a “fresh detailed risk assessment” of threats to airports i the country, including those that are posed by drones.

In a statement that was released at the time, the ministry stated: “The recently reported events in the UK have understandably caused some public concern.”

It added: “The minister has been reassured that there are already strong regulatory provisions in place in Ireland.”

Since the sightings at Gatwick, the British government has announced its plans to give authorities the power to land, seize, and search drones.