Drone

  • The Aer Lingus service to and from Ireland West Airport Knock to London Gatwick this afternoon has been cancelled.

    The cancellation is due to the fact that a drone has forced London Gatwick to close.

    The drone is still flying above the runway and has caused huge disruption so far, with 16 flights from Dublin Airport either cancelled or diverted.

    British police haven’t tracked down the person flying the drone and says it is a deliberate act.

    Thousands of passengers trying to get home for Christmas have been left stranded.

  • An Post this week carried out Ireland’s first ever autonomous parcel delivery from mainland to island using a drone.

    Just after 3.30pm on Thursday the company delivered a parcel by drone from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island.

     

  • A man in his 40s has been charged in connection with the discovery of a drone and drugs in a car next to Castlerea prison in Co. Roscommon yesterday morning.  

    Garda found two mobiles, a smart watch, around 440 tablets and cannabis herb along with a drone which was in the process of being set up, when they stopped and search a car yesterday morning.

    The Governor of Castlerea Prison said in a statement yesterday evening that the prison works closely with Gardai, and welcomes their invention and continued support in assisting the prevention of contraband entering the prison.

    A man and a woman were arrested, the woman in her 40s has since been released without charge while the man is due to appear before Castlerea District Court on May 26th.

     

  • The runway at London Gatwick Airport has reopened - with a limited number of flights due to take off and land this morning.

    A drone which has forced the airport to shut down since Wednesday night hasn't been seen since late last night.

    The travel plans of more than 120-thousand people have been affected by the chaos - with dozens of Irish flights, including Knock services, among those cancelled or diverted yesterday.

    Gatwick says any passengers travelling today should check the status of their flight before going to the airport.