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Ryanair has called for Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to resign after drone activity suspended flights at Dublin Airport for a short period on Thursday night.
And the airport had previously confirmed the suspension of flights at 6.27 pm, “due to confirmed activity by drones in the vicinity of the airport.”
Flights resumed at 6.59pm and the matter was reported to Gardaï.
In a statement, Ryanair said Thursday’s incident marked the “sixth time in six weeks” that Dublin Airport had been affected by drone activity, “causing multiple diversions and delays for thousands of passengers.”
A tweet from Dublin Airport’s official Twitter account confirmed that three flights had been diverted due to the incident.
Flight operations resumed at 18.59 hours after it was confirmed that a drone had sighted the suspected operations at 18.27 hours. @tweet Immediately advised. 3 flights were diverted to evict passengers as a result of the reckless and illegal activity of flying a drone within 5km of @employee
Dublin Airport March 2, 2023
Despite the frequent closures [Minister for Transport] “Eamon Ryan has failed to do anything to prevent the closure of Ireland’s main airport by drones,” the Ryanair statement said.
“Dublin Airport is the only major European airport that has been repeatedly closed down by drones.
Ryanair is calling now [Mr] Ryan resigns if he can’t fix avoidable drone shutdown at Dublin Airport.”
Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, added that the disruptions were unacceptable, claiming that Mr Ryan had “failed to take any effective action to protect Dublin Airport”.
Mr O’Leary accused the minister of being “asleep on the job”, adding: “He must now fix this problem or resign and let someone more effective do the job”.