Flights at Dubai International Airport were temporarily grounded on Friday morning due to suspected drone activity, the latest case of a remotely-controlled flying device disrupting a major airport, a spokesperson said.
Departures were halted between 10:13am and 10:45am local time, according to a Dubai Airports spokesman. The sheikdom’s government said in a later tweet that operations were back to normal after “less than 30 minutes of delay due to unauthorized drone activity.”
It also said authorities “warned that flying drones without obtaining permission is subject to legal liability as per United Arab Emirates laws.”
Last month, more than 40 flights headed to Newark Liberty International Airport were disrupted following pilot reports of a drone flying nearby, while departures were also interrupted at the UK capital’s Heathrow hub, Europe’s busiest, after reports of sightings.
Dubai is the hub for Emirates, which has used its position at a crossroads between Europe and Asia to develop an unparalleled network of intercontinental connections.
Some travellers in Dubai took to Twitter to share their complaints. Anush Wijesinha said he had been marooned on his plane at the airport:
Another person, Andrew Todd, tweeted that there were “thousands of people sitting in planes going nowhere.”
Source: Arabian Business