Dublin Airport: Anti-drone technology will be operational “in three weeks”

Dublin Airport: Anti-drone technology will be operational “in three weeks”

DAA has promised that new anti-drone technology would be operational at Dublin Airport within three weeks, just in time for the busy summer travel season.

DAA's chief executive, Kenny Jacobs, mentioned that staff had been educated in its use and that the necessary licenses had been obtained. It follows a string of drone breaches into Dublin Airport airspace, forcing planes to reroute and posing serious safety concerns for aircraft, crews, and passengers.

The anti-drone technology will be able to bring a drone down or return it to its original launch point, assisting Gardai in tracking down the operator.

Dublin Airport handled 28.1 million passengers last year, up from 8.5 million in 2021 and a record 32.9 million in 2019.

Mr Jacobs stated that Dublin Airport continues to see high passenger volumes in 2023. Eoghan Corry, in an interview, urged the need for a third terminal at Dublin Airport.

He stated that he does not expect a repeat of the pandemonium seen at Dublin Airport as summer began last year. As Covid restrictions were loosened and reduced, an under-resourced airport struggled to handle large numbers of departing travellers.

Mr Jacobs stated that the DAA has engaged 750 security screening personnel at Dublin Airport, to have slightly more than 800 in place by the June bank holiday weekend. He stated that all of those employees would be hired by then.