Recent events prove that drones pose an imminent threat. Drones are becoming increasingly more dangerous for airports and commercial flights.
A single commercial drone can put at risk the lives of passengers, disrupt airline operations, and cause millions of dollars in losses.
All airports face drone threats, whether they are caused by irresponsible civilians, employees, or malicious or terrorist groups. It has become essential for airports to have well-founded protocols, procedures, and the right technologies in place to counteract these menaces.
Between the 19th and the 21st of December, 2018, Gatwick Airport, also known as London Gatwick, shutdown and cancelled hundreds of flights due to drone sightings near the runway. The drone pilot was located at around an 8 km radius. The consequences of this incident were:
On August 28th, 2019, a drone sighting caused
three flights to be diverted.