Nearly 800,000 passengers will pass through Dublin Airport around the time of St. Patrick’s Day.
This upcoming 12-day period is expected to be the busiest the airport has seen since pre-Covid,” it said in a statement.
Up to 77,000 passengers will use the airport each day at peak times.
It comes as Ireland prepares for a single double bank holiday this Thursday and Friday, March 17 and 18, and extensive parades and celebrations back for the first time in three years.
The theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival is “Connection”. It is being funded by Dublin Airport, with travelers encouraged to reconnect in Ireland after the pandemic.
As well as a public and national holiday, St Patrick’s Day is traditionally seen as the start of Ireland’s tourist season and an important marketing opportunity worldwide.
For example, an $8.5 million (7.75 million euro) campaign in the US shows Tourism Ireland calling for potential visitors to hit the “Green Button” and “convert searchers into bookers.” after two years of Covid activity.
As of 6 March, Ireland no longer requires travelers to present proof of Covid-19 vaccinations, recovery or negative PCR test results, simplifying travel itinerary.
However, Russia’s war in Ukraine created New interest for aviation travel and recoveryleading to fuel price hikes, changes to air routes and concerns about traveler confidence.
Tourism Ireland said it could cause “delays in decision-making”.
Popular Greening the worldLast year saw a record 725 milestones light up green around the world, which will also be more muted this year.
“The year 2022 is a very different year and to mark the situation of Ukraine, Tourism Ireland has decided not to push ahead with the global Green initiative for St. Patrick’s Day,” it said.
However, Ireland’s air connectivity is strengthening, with Ryanair announcing its biggest-ever schedule for Dublin and Cork, and Shannon Airport welcoming transatlantic services back for the first time. first in two years.
Mary Considine, Shannon Group Chief Executive Officer said: “This resumption of vital daily US services will be a welcome boost to the West Irish economy and will see loved ones and the business community reconnected,” said Mary Considine, CEO of Shannon Group.
More than 2.3 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport in the first two months of 2022, down 44pc from pre-Covid levels in 2020, but up 626pc from the same period last year.
Ryanair also announced a new service between Marseille and Shannon from 4 May, and other developments see Dublin Airport First scheduled service to CairoEgypt, take off from 2/6.
Passengers traveling around Saint Patrick’s Day are advised to check their terminals, schedule security checks in advance, and arrive at least two hours before short-haul flights and three hours before long-haul flights.
Passengers are required to wear face masks throughout the airport and can check for any Covid-19 restrictions on their destination at reopen.europa.eu.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/dublin-airport-expects-almost-800000-passengers-over-st-patricks-day-period-41444690.html Dublin Airport expects almost 800,000 passengers around St Patrick’s Day