Drone incursion in Dubai diverts 40 flights

Saturday’s unauthorised drone activity that led to the closure of Dubai International Airport (DXB) caused the diversion of 40 inbound flights, almost twice the number previously reported.

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Dubai: Saturday’s unauthorised drone activity that led to the closure of Dubai International Airport (DXB) caused the diversion of 40 inbound flights, almost twice the number previously reported.

The DXB was forced to close from 7.25pm to 8.45pm on Saturday following a drone in the surrounding area of Al Warqa’a, leading to some flights being diverted to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai and Al Ain International Airport.

No drones are allowed within five kilometres from the outer fence of any airport in the UAE, warns the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAG) on its website (www.gcaa.gov.ae).

However, the latest shutdown was the third such incident this year. It also prompted the relatively near Sharjah International Airport to close its surrounding airspace.

An Emirates spokesperson said eight of its flights were diverted to DWC and three to Al Ain. All diverted Emirates flights returned to DXB after the airspace reopened. “Emirates is assisting affected passengers with alternative rebooking options. Emirates regrets the inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised,” the spokesperson added. More info

By Aghaddir Ali, Faisal Masudi & Mary Achkhanian  www.gulfnews.com

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