Apple app creates airport at Dublin farm

Published Thursday, 20 September 2012
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The Irish Justice Minister has expressed concern over the Apple app which has taken the name of Airfield farm estate in Dundrum, south Dublin, a little too seriously - designating it as an airport.

Apple app creates airport at Dublin farm
Apple thinks Airfield in Dundrum is an actual airfield. (© Apple)

The new Apple operating system iOS 6 maps application clearly shows the 35 acre site - which is actually a popular working farm with gardens and a café - complete with a little airplane symbol.

"There are a variety of possible alternative images that could be utilised such a cow, a goat, a sheep, a flower, or any indeed other type of plant as Airfield operates a nursery," Alan Shatter said.

An aircraft is an entirely inappropriate flight of imagination.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter

The Justice Minister said he was worried that the designation could be dangerously misleading.

"It could result in a pilot, unfamiliar with the area, in an emergency situation and without other available information, attempting a landing," he said.

Mr Shatter added that he understood mistakes could be made, but that he had arranged for Apple to be informed of the error and had requested that it be urgently corrected.

Airfield is currently closed for renovations and due to re-open in 2013.

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