Disruption at Cork Airport this morning due to drone

Flights in and out of Cork Airport were stopped for a time this morning.

Air traffic control suspended operations shortly after 9.45am when a drone was sited flying over the air field.

A spokesperson for Cork Airport says that services have since resumed.

Airport police and Gardai are investigating the incident.

In July, Cork Airport became the first Irish Airport to launch a 'no drone zone' making it illegal to operate a drone within 4.5km of the airfield.

The offence of operating a drone within the area can lead to a criminal prosecution.

In recent years there has been a surge in drone ownership, with 5,500 small unmanned aircraft (SUA), which includes model aircraft and drones, registered with the IAA.

By law, an SUA must be registered if it weighs over 1kg, while drones weighing between 4kg and 25kg must get specialist training and a licence.


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

LATEST: Man and woman killed in gangland style shooting in Dublin

Selling Bessborough will lead to job losses in vital services

Three motorcyclists in hospital following collision in Mayo

We don't see a return to hard Irish boder, says British government


Today's Stories

Cork City Hall rejection to extending city boundary ‘disappoints’ county mayor

Kevin Myers’ role at Limerick talk on free speech under fire

Job report sparks call for Garda Commissioner to resign

€32k raised for family of golf pro who passed away aged 37

Lifestyle

Irish fans remember Elvis Presley 40 years after his death

How the Rose of Tralee captured public imagination from the start

Rose of Tralee is many a splendored thing

This new app will be a lifesaver for hayfever sufferers

More From The Irish Examiner