No Drone Zone launched at Dublin Airport

Signage has been mounted on the airport’s perimeter fence

No Drone Zone launched at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport chief police officer Pat Bracken and airport management unit operations officer Nicola Kelly at one of the No Drone Zone signs on Dublin Airport's perimeter fence | Image: Supplied to Newstalk.com

Dublin Airport has launched a safety awareness campaign aimed at drone users.

Signs have been posted on the airport’s perimeter fence, indicating that Dublin Airport is a ‘No Drone Zone’.

They also highlight that it is illegal to operate a drone in the vicinity of the airport.

Dublin Airport’s chief police officer, Pat Bracken, said: “Safeguarding the airfield at Dublin Airport is a key priority for us.

“Drones are becoming an increasingly popular way to film the countryside, however, they can cause serious damage to an aircraft.

“We have been working with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to keep the airfield safe from drones and signs have now been mounted on the airport’s perimeter fence to ensure we keep Dublin Airport a No Drone Zone”, he added.

Drones are forbidden from the airport vicinity due to the risk of a drone colliding with an aircraft or being taken in by an aircraft’s engine.

Ralph James, director of safety regulation at the IAA, welcomed this development.

“It’s essential that the general public understand that drone activity is prohibited from taking place within the vicinity of an aerodrome for safety reasons.

“There have been a couple of incidents of people using drones close to Dublin Airport, which have disrupted operations and drone users need to be aware of the rules for the safe operation of drones.”

As part of regulations, all drones over 1kg must be registered with the IAA through its website.

The IAA is also encouraging drone operators to familiarise themselves with the rules for drone operation to ensure that they operate them in a safe and responsible manner.