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Two flights diverted from Dublin Airport due to a drone sighting, ahead of August Bank Holiday

Two flights diverted from Dublin Airport due to a drone sighting, ahead of August Bank Holiday
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Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights were forced to divert to Belfast due to a drone sighting near the Dublin airport. Other flights were forced to hold their positions for a short time.

Multiple flights had to be diverted due to drone incursions at Dublin Airport earlier this year, and airport operations were delayed for up to 40 minutes.

The unplanned closure of a runway can cost airports up to €1 million per hour, according to the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA).





Today's most recent drone activity was confirmed by the DAA.

According to a spokeswoman, Friday shortly after noon, "flight operations at Dublin Airport were suspended for approximately 10 minutes following the confirmed sighting of a drone in the vicinity of the airfield."

Two flights—an Aer Lingus flight from Frankfurt and a Ryanair flight from Birmingham—were subsequently diverted to Belfast as a result, the speaker continued.

According to the spokeswoman, "A number of other aircraft were required to hold for a very brief period. The public is reminded that flying a drone without a permit within 5 km of Dublin Airport is prohibited.”

Following drone activity at the airport earlier this year, a man was detained and charged with interfering with airport operations.

Following incursions this year, Dublin Airport deployed a new drone detection system that is now operating.

The anti-drone technology can disable a drone or send it back to where it was launched, which makes it easier for the garda to identify the pilot.

However, a DAA official did not confirm whether the anti-drone system was activated during the current incident.