Measure push to protect airports

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Gatwick Airport experienced severe disruptions in December {due to|because of|as a result of} suspected drones in the restricted airspace. (Gatwick Airport)

Members of Airports Council International (ACI) want national authorities and law enforcement agencies to address and enforce anti-drone measures at airports.

Their call is part of a multi-faceted resolution unanimously passed at the 29th annual general assembly in Hong Kong by 850 delegates in April and followed disruptions by drones to flights at London’ s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports , as well as at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey {in recent months|recently}.

Drones also disrupted flights at Auckland Airport in January and in March 2018 .

Australian airports are planning a rollout out drone hunting technology to try and address {the problem|the issue|the situation}.

“ National authorities and local law enforcement agencies should be the authority in addressing both preparation and enforcement of anti-drone measures, ” the ACI resolution said.

Further, ACI members urged airports {to work with|to do business with|to utilize} national and local authorities {on the|around the|within the} creation of “ no drone zone boundaries” {on and|as well as} in the vicinity of the airport, especially approach and take-off flight paths.

It said the industry needed to take measures to protect themselves from unwanted drones and encouraged national authorities and local {law enforcement|police force|police} agencies to take responsibility for preparation and enforcement of anti-drone measures.

The ACI said the resolution provided a basis for airport action and appealed for coordinated measures together with governments and other concerned parties.

{It has|They have|It offers} proposed these parties {establish a|set up a} Concept of Operations and Standard Operating Procedures for anti-drone measures at airports.

It also recommends coordinating with drone industry experts {to understand|to comprehend|to know} the latest developments, as well as providing training to airport operational personnel on policies and procedures on the operation of authorized and unauthorized drones.

“ The recent drone-related disruption at airports in Europe, {and the|as well as the|plus the} potential impact of drones on airport safety and operations, have raised significant questions for operations {around the world|all over the world|around the globe} and their preparedness to handle situations like this, ” ACI world director general Angela Gittens said in a statement.

“ This resolution encourages collaboration among all industry stakeholders to find solutions to this challenge. By sharing experience and lessons learned on anti-drone measures and drone related incidents, best practice can be adopted across the industry. ”

The ACI is the trade organisation representing airports around the world. {The full|The entire|The complete} resolution from its 29th world annual general assembly {can be|could be|may be} read on the ACI website .