Ryanair has called on Ireland’s transport minister to confirm that anti-drone equipment at Dublin Airport will be operational ahead of the Easter holidays.

The Irish LCC has asked Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and airport operator daa to confirm that the recently purchased anti-drone equipment is in place, and fully ready to operate, over the busy Easter holiday period.

In the first eight weeks of 2023, Dublin Airport was closed six times due to illegal drone activity, causing multiple diversions and delays to thousands of passengers.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: “It is unacceptable that flights and passengers have suffered repeated delays and diversions due to illegal drone activity at Dublin Airport on six separate days in 2023. Transport Minister Eamon Ryan promised to protect passengers with anti-drone equipment, so he must now confirm that this equipment is in place and fully operational at Dublin Airport in advance of the busy Easter holidays, so that Irish passengers/visitors and their families will not suffer any more closures/disruptions due to illegal drone activity at Dublin Airport.”

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