Flights at Dublin Airport affected for second day after drone sighting near runway
Flight operations at Dublin Airport were suspended for about 40 minutes this afternoon after two drone sightings near the runway.
ix incoming flights were diverted because of the incident.
The runway was closed at 2:11 p.m., flights were delayed and disrupted while staff investigated an airspace intrusion.
Flight data shows three flights from Paris, Riga and Porto were diverted to Shannon this afternoon, with arriving and departing flights delayed due to the temporary runway closure.
Another three incoming flights were diverted to Belfast.
Flight operations resumed shortly before 2:50 p.m., the airport operator announced to daa.
It comes less than 24 hours after another drone was spotted near the runway. Dozens of flights to and from the airport have been delayed because of yesterday’s incident.
A daa spokesman said drone sightings are taken very seriously.
“Flight operations at Dublin Airport were suspended this afternoon for safety reasons following two confirmed drone sightings at the airfield.
“It is illegal to fly drones within 5 km of the airport.
“The safety of airport users is daa’s top priority at all times and staff at Dublin Airport and An Garda Síochána remain vigilant regarding drone activity in the vicinity of the airport.”
He said flights resumed at 2:29 p.m. from the new northern runway. The southern runway was reopened six minutes later.
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