Three Aer Lingus flights arriving and departing Dublin Airport were canceled today as the airline struggles with staff shortages due to Covid-19.
The canceled departures are the EI104 to New York JFK and the EI343 to Zurich.
The return flight from Zurich, the EI342, was also cancelled.
In addition to flight cancellations and long queues, many passengers at Dublin Airport report lost luggage.
A spokesman for Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said it was aware of the issues some arriving passengers are facing with baggage reclaim, but the airlines are taking care of it.
“We sympathize with those affected and regret that these issues are affecting their passenger experience.
“We are working very closely with both airlines and their ground handling companies on these issues, which stem from the significant recruitment challenges faced by all companies currently involved in the airline industry.”
As of yesterday, defense forces at the airport have been on standby and will do so for the busy summer period for the next six weeks.
Defense Forces personnel will only be dispatched to the airport when more than 20 percent of security personnel are absent due to Covid-19.
This is because regional airports such as Knock and Shannon are seeing increased passenger numbers due to the ongoing travel chaos at Dublin Airport.
A spokesman for Shannon Airport said many passengers are choosing to fly from a regional airport for the first time.
“Since the start of our summer schedule at the end of March we have seen a noticeable increase in traffic, with our Ryanair, Aer Lingus and United services all doing very well,” the spokesperson said.
“Certainly some of this growth is attributable to new customers trying the Shannon Airport experience for the first time. We are committed to making the airport experience easier for our passengers.”
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