15km drone exclusion zone to protect Dubai Airshow

15km drone exclusion zone to protect Dubai Airshow
Published: 14 November 2019 - 5 a.m.
Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has announced a 15km drones exclusion zone around Al Maktoum International Airport for the duration of the Dubai Airshow .

All drone operations will be prohibited from November 13-21 within a 15km radius of Dubai's second airport, according to a tweet on the Dubai Media Office page.

The move comes a few months after flights from Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest hub for long-haul flights, were suspended for half an hour over a suspected drone sighting, the latest case of a remotely-controlled flying device disrupting a major airport.

At the time, authorities “warned that flying drones without obtaining permission is subject to legal liability as per United Arab Emirates laws.”

The incident followed chaos last December at London’s Gatwick airport when a pair of drones halted travel for more than 120,000 people over the course of 36 hours.

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