Madrid-Barajas airport suspends flight arrivals due to the presence of drones

Image of the control tower at Madrid-barajas airport. Credit: Google maps - Glynn J R

The presence of drones entering airspace at Madrid-Barajas airport caused five flights to be diverted to other airports.


As reported by Spanish airport operator Aena through its social networks, today, Monday, August 29, has seen a troublesome few hours this afternoon at the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport. The presence of drones entering airspace in the vicinity of the facility caused five incoming flights to be diverted to other regional airports.

Flights arriving into the capital from around 6:30pm were subsequently temporarily redirected to the Valencia, Alicante, and Valladolid facilities.

“Diversions and delays are taking place. The Guardia Civil, Enaire, and Aena, are working together to restore operations. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but safety comes first”, Aena stressed.

It is believed the Guardia Civil attempted to shoot the offending drones out of the sky. An investigation has reportedly been launched into the incident.

At around 7:30pm, both Aena and the air traffic controllers reported that the Guardia Civil had given the go-ahead to resume operations. Flights have already resumed, apparently using a southern configuration. 

The knock-on effect of the flights being diverted meant that passengers will now need to continue their journeys after being delayed. Other passengers will have been left at Madrid airport without any flights to board after the planes were diverted to Valencia. Controllers have warned that it will take a while for traffic flow at the airport to return to normal.


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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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