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Dublin Airport’s ‘extremely busy’ Easter warning as ‘extra’ security lanes open to handle huge queues

DUBLIN Airport said it was “prepared for an extremely busy Easter” – with additional security lanes opening early this morning and queues moving steadily.

The airport had warned that it could take people three and a half hours to get there make it through baggage and securityplus an additional 30 minutes if you park a car.

The airport is very busy as people go on holiday over Easter

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The airport is very busy as people go on holiday over EasterPhoto credit: Barry Mulvey – The Sun Dublin
People are filtered through in an

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People are filtered through in an “orderly” mannerPhoto credit: Twitter: @keithbunyan

A spokesman said this morning: “With additional security lanes open earlier today and our TaskForce supporting operations, Dublin Airport is prepared for an extremely busy Easter holiday season.

“We sincerely thank passengers for taking our advice to arrive only up to three and a half hours before their departure time.

“We are currently managing the flow of passengers into the terminal as part of a carefully planned process with the aim of ensuring passenger safety and ultimately ensuring that passengers board their flights on time.

“We have opened 10 security gates in T1 and the queues are moving steadily.”

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Passengers were asked to do so at the airport yesterday Queue in front of the terminal buildings as a large number of people arrived early to catch their flights.

Hundreds of people were “orderly” filtered into Terminals 1 and 2.

The average wait before 6 a.m. was an hour, they said.

RTE’s football correspondent Tony O’Donoghue was also in line on Saturday morning.

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Upon arrival, he tweeted, “Sweet Jesus, it’s four in the morning.”

But he later added: “Done in just over an hour. Thanks to the staff who were very patient. Now a queue for breakfast.”

Dublin Airport has also said it expects a “very busy summer” as many people go on holiday for the first time in two years.

A spokesman told the Irish Sun: “In the coming weeks, daa is aiming to open the optimum number of security checkpoints in both Terminals 1 and 2, in line with expected passenger forecasts for a very busy summer season.

“On public holidays such as Easter and in the summer months, the airport is generally manned every day and at all times.

“With consumers’ strong appetite for outbound travel, we estimate that summer passenger numbers are expected to reach around 90% of 2019 levels – a year in which we welcomed a record 33 million passengers.

“It is therefore really important that passengers using Dublin Airport continue to take our advice to arrive at the airport at least 3.5 hours before their flight.”

ERA NOT OVER

Meanwhile, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said that “the era of cheap flights is not ending in the face of climate change”.

The airline’s CEO said Ireland needs cheap seats for a number of reasons – and told how the airline is buying new planes that use 16 per cent less fuel.

He told RTE Business: “With all the talk of air travel taxation and ending air travel, Irish tourism, industry and agriculture need low-cost air travel to and from the European Union.

“The era of cheap flights is not coming to an end.

“Everything indicates that people will continue to travel – especially with Ryanair as it is cheap and affordable.”

But he said the airline industry needs to become “more sustainable”.

O’Leary added: “I don’t think you can change your attitude towards aviation when you live on an island like Ireland, it’s not like we live in Holland or Belgium – we don’t have alternatives and we have to to fly.

“We live on an island and have the right to travel.

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“The whole purpose of the European Union is to allow free travel, but we need to move to make it more sustainable and less polluting.

“Our tourism depends on people flying in here, but as an industry we need to be more sustainable.”

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