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Dubai Airport grounds all flights due to suspected drone activity

The issue of drones impacting commercial air traffic has taken on new urgency after reports of sightings around airports in Britain and the United States

Reuters  |  Dubai 

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Flights at Dubai Airport were temporarily grounded on Friday morning due to suspected drone activity, a spokesperson said.

The suspension lasted from 1013 local time (0613 GMT) to 1045.

Dubai airport, the hub for airlines Emirates and flydubai, is the world's busiest airport for travellers, serving 81.4 million passengers in the first 11 months of 2018.

The issue of impacting commercial air traffic has taken on new urgency after reports of sightings around airports in Britain and the United States.

In January, flights from London's Heathrow airport were halted for about an hour after a drone was sighted. Sightings also temporarily halted arrivals at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.

Gatwick Airport, London's second busiest airport, was severely disrupted by drone activity in December.

Passengers at Dubai took to Twitter to complain about Friday's delay.

"Stuck for ages at runway unable to taxi as have entered the airspace here and all takeoffs have been grounded!" Twitter user @anushwij wrote.

First Published: Fri, February 15 2019. 13:52 IST
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