15 June 2019

No-Fly Zone Over Royal Portrush


To maintain the smoothness and comfort of the 2019 Open Championship, especially for the participants, an airspace restriction has been put in place over Royal Portrush Golf Club.

As the British Open gets underway on July 18 to 21, flying will be restricted over Royal Portrush Golf Club. A ban has been imposed on all traditional fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, kites, balloons, and small-unmanned aircraft such as drones. 

The prohibition is sure to affect photographers who were planning to get their exclusive and unique shots of the action from above. However, some limited categories of aerial traffic, including police machines, the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance, and coastguard aircraft, will be exempt from the no-fly order.

It is not unusual for no-fly zones to be put in place around major sporting events and The Open in Northern Ireland is indeed a major event in every sense of the word since last time the country hosted the tournament was some 68 years ago in 1951. The Portrush no-fly zone decision comes after a spate of drone sightings shut down major UK airports, including Gatwick and Heathrow. Therefore, everything that can be done to prevent disruption to the 2019 Open Championship, is being.

The British government realizes that the global sports spotlight will be focused on the famous north coast course for golf's original championship and with it will bring worldwide attention to the Causeway Coast's tourist destinations.

"The Championship is a wonderful opportunity to promote the best of Northern Ireland to the world, both as a host of major sporting events and as a leading visitor destination," said UK Sports Minister Jeremy Wright, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.

Golf fans from far and wide are expected to flock to watch Francesco Molinari attempt to defend the iconic Claret Jug against the world's greatest golfers, including Northern Ireland's own golf superstar, Rory McIlroy.

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