Dubai Airport halts flights due to 'suspected drone activity'
Tehran (aKNA) - Flights at Dubai International Airport have been grounded on Friday due to what authorities said suspected drone activity, leaving several thousand passengers stranded in the world's third busiest airport.
The airport said in a statement that departing flights were suspended for half an hour between 10:13 and 10:45 on Friday morning. Incoming flights, however, were allowed to land.
“Dubai Airports has worked closely with the appropriate authorities to ensure that the safety of airport operations is maintained at all times and to minimize any inconvenience to our customers,” said the statement.
Drone activities are forbidden “near, around and over airports,” according to Dubai government regulations, which oblige users to obtain a certificate from the General Civil Aviation Authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).