A drone forced Lisbon Airport to suspend landings and divert aircraft for one hour.


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Tuesday morning, landings at Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon were halted due to a drone in the runway’s approach corridor. The issue lasted approximately an hour and caused delays in landings; normal operations resumed at 11:30 a.m.

“A drone posed a threat to air navigational safety. Landings at Humberto Delgado Airport were suspended for an hour while departures were maintained, according to an official source of NAV Portugal – Air Navigation.


According to the same source, at least eight aircraft diverted to other Portuguese locations while awaiting landing clearance.

According to the same source, the appropriate authorities have been notified and are investigating the incident. The drone was spotted in the Alcantara region, close to the airport’s landing approach.

An attempt was made to land on the northern runway at Lisbon Airport in an effort to mitigate potential constraints. Some aircraft have already been rerouted to Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in order to arrive.

At the airport serving the capital, only landings were restricted, while all other services continued to operate routinely.

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