Dublin Airport’s urgent warning to passengers as long queues are expected over the St Patrick’s weekend

DUBLIN Airport is urging passengers to “take plenty of time” during the busy St Patrick’s weekend period as long queues are expected.

the Dublin Airport Graeme McQueen of the Authority said it will be busy as people start flying out and arriving again after Covid restrictions were eased.

Dublin Airport will be very busy over the next few days


Dublin Airport will be very busy over the next few daysPhoto credit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
Thousands of people from all over the world also travel here for the St. Patrick's Festival


Thousands of people from all over the world also travel here for the St. Patrick’s FestivalCredit: AFP or Licensor

Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said: “We tell people who take short-haul flights to get there at least two hours before your flight.

“For long-haul flights, let’s say three hours. I think the message would be that you are going on a journey, you want it to be an enjoyable experience, so take your time.

“Make sure you’re prepared in advance, make sure you know which terminal you’re flying from, make sure you have your carry-on bags in the right order, you don’t have bottles of liquids over 100 ml so just be prepared and come and enjoy the experience.

“Security queues are likely to be a little longer than normal just because we’re busy, so prepare for that, but give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport.”

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Graeme said the airport will have “maximum staff” on duty but staff levels have been reduced during Covid.

He added: “We will have the maximum staffing we have available this weekend, it’s challenging although we’re absolutely trying to get operations up and running again after two very quiet years.

“The staffing level has been reduced, we’re getting back to where we need to be and we have a lot of people in training at the moment to bolster our security operations, so we’re confident we’ll have enough people on the ground for the weekend to do the.” Get people through security in a reasonable amount of time.”

Meanwhile, revelers will be drowning the shamrock in style after two years of Covid hell – with Dublin will be packed with 400,000 bettors for the Paddy’s Day parade.

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Tomorrow will see the first major St. Patrick’s Day celebrations since the virus wrecked celebrations across the country.

Parades across the island have been canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic – the same happened last year.

But huge crowds are preparing to attend tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day events and earn an economic boost in the process.

Around 77,000 passengers are expected at Dublin Airport every day this week, with many hotels fully booked.


Organizers announced last night that up to 400,000 people will throng to the flagship festival in the capital.

Other towns and villages across the country will also host events to toast our National Day – while the whole world goes green.

As bars made final preparations for party time last night, hosts crippled by Covid-19 restrictions raised a glass to the return of the Paddy’s Day Craic.

Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Licensed Vintners Association, told The Irish Sun: “It is fantastic news to have a full program of events planned for this year.

“St Patrick’s Day and the rest of the festivities are a lively and important part of the Dublin pub calendar, but this year it has a special meaning.

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“In 2020, at the start of the pandemic, pubs across Dublin and across the country were forced to close their doors two days before St Patrick’s Day in the interest of public health. Little did anyone know that this would be repeated the following year and it would be nearly two years before pubs reopened without major restrictions.

“So it’s a big moment for pubs in Dublin and the rest of Ireland to start looking forward to St Patrick’s Day again. Hopefully it will also mark the start of Ireland’s reopening to foreign tourists and help give a helpful boost to the recovery of our tourism and hospitality sector.” Dublin Airport’s urgent warning to passengers as long queues are expected over the St Patrick’s weekend

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