TRAVEL Dubai airport briefly halts flights over drone sighting

TRAVEL

Dubai airport briefly halts flights over drone sighting

AP

16:11, February 15, 2019

Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest airport for international travel, has briefly halted flights over an alleged drone sighting.

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May 27, 2012 shows an aerial view of Dubai international airport, home to the national carrier Emirates Airways. (File photo: VCG)

The airport says it halted flights from 10:13 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday over "suspected drone activity." It says flights were later resumed.

Alleged drone sightings have previously disrupted flights into the airport, which is the base of the long-haul carrier Emirates.

Drone owners are now required to register with the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. Authorities also ban hobbyists from putting cameras or lasers on their drones and flying in certain areas.

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