Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Flights resume at Dublin Airport following drone sighting

Flights resume at Dublin Airport following drone sighting

Less than an hour later, airport said that flight operations had resumed and apologized for an inconvenience.

Several passengers took to Twitter asking how their journey would be affected, however, Dublin airport confirmed just a short while later that all flights had since resumed.

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure because of drone activity, in Gatwick, Britain, December 21, 2018.

In December, Gatwick officials had to shut the runway several times over three days after repeated sightings of a drone.

Police are suggesting it was an "inside job" at the moment, according to sources speaking to The Times, who say Sussex Police, after conducting 1,100 interviews with witnesses and locals, have concluded the attacks were carried out by someone who must've had intimate knowledge of the Gatwick site layout and security arrangements.

"The Gardai and other State agencies were informed of the incident immediately".

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From 13 March it will be illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, rather than the current 0.6-mile (1km) exclusion zone.

"Minister Ross's previous comments that the likelihood of a drone attack in Ireland was "low" clearly shows his lack of understanding of the seriousness of the issue".

Flights to and from Dublin Airport in Ireland were briefly halted Thursday after a drone was spotted over the airfield.

"A pilot reported a drone sighting to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), which operates air traffic control at Dublin Airport, at about 11.30am".

"The misuse of drones is an offence, and flying drones in controlled Irish airspace or within 5 kilometres of an airport is a very serious matter".

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