The presence of unauthorized drones in the airspace of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport has caused the diversion of seven planes that were scheduled to land there in the last few minutes and several delays in the departure of other flights, as reported by Aena. After the tracking tasks of the Civil Guard, air traffic has been restored hours later.
The public company that manages the Spanish airports has reported around 6:30 p.m., through its official Twitter account, that diversions and delays were taking place due to the presence of drones in the airspace. Until that moment, airport authorities had diverted seven flights to nearby airports.
In that message, Aena explained that it was working jointly with the Civil Guard and Enaire, the public entity that manages the airspace, to restore operations and regretted the inconvenience that the incident may cause to travellers, to whom it has You are urged to check with your airline about the status of your flight.
“Due to the presence of drones at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, diversions and delays are taking place. Guardia Civil, Enaire and Aena work together to restore #SafetyFirst operations. We will inform you of the news. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but safety comes first. Check with your company the status of your flight”, he indicated in the first tweet. Subsequently, he has specified that the incident had resulted in the restriction of arrival flights, for which up to seven planes have had to be transferred to other airports so far.
In a new message through the same social network, published around 7:15 p.m., the company has indicated that the airport had recovered its normal operations thanks to the "verification work carried out by the Civil Guard."
Air traffic had already been altered in the morning due to the cabin crew strikes called by the USO and Sitcpla unions. The mobilization caused the delay of six Ryanair flights to Barajas and 22 in other airports, while Iberia Express had previously canceled ten flights and 90.4% of those that were scheduled have worked. The airline assured that it made the decision to preventively cancel the flights "in order to be able to look after their interests and ensure that they are provided with an alternative in advance."