Like many people, I recently embarked on my first post-pandemic holiday, and while it’s great to be able to travel abroad again, airports are still quite difficult to navigate.
decided to get back to traveling and flew to London with some friends for the weekend.
We left Knock and arrived in London Stansted on Friday evening.
Luckily there were no long queues and we got through security with no problems, but unfortunately the same could not be said of those traveling from Dublin Airport over the weekend.
On Sunday, passengers shared online videos of huge, winding queues winding through the departure lounges at both Terminal One and Terminal Two.
Some complained of waiting at least an hour for security, while others even missed their flight as a result.
Gearóid Mannion of Travel Counselors, Ennis, said passengers could choose to pay for Fast Track, which would get them through security faster.
“It gets you through security faster, it usually costs about 9 euros. If someone is traveling tomorrow and goes to Dublin Airport’s website to book Fast Track, they’re likely to find that it sells out at peak times because they only sell a limited number,” he said.
“But if you’re traveling in 10 days and worried about long lines, it’s worth booking Fast Track in advance.”
Mr Mannion said early morning flights are “extremely” crowded as they are usually the most popular.
“Some people who are not regular fliers might underestimate early morning flights. Say your flight is at 7am and you check in at 5am thinking no one will be there at that time, nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.
“It’s very crowded very early in the morning like 5, 6 or 7 o’clock.
“It’s particularly busy and it actually relaxes a bit if you’re going through the morning because there are a significant number of very early flights.”
Mr Mannion said it was “normal advice” to get to the airport two hours before a short-haul flight and three hours before a long-haul flight.
“So if it’s busy, you should add an hour for each, so three hours for Europe and four hours for the United States, if you want to be sure you don’t miss your flight,” he said.
In a statement published online yesterday, Ryanair advised passengers to arrive “at least” three and a half hours before their flight.
“Due to DAA staff shortages at Dublin Airport, passengers should arrive at least 3.5 hours before their scheduled departure time.
“Check-in desks, kiosks and baggage drop will open 3.5 hours before departure,” the statement said.
Dublin Airport, meanwhile, has advised passengers to check bags where they can and “carry the minimum amount when presenting them at security”.
Caroline O’Toole, manager of Fahy Travel in Galway, said it’s about being prepared, having the paperwork ready, “because it’s all our fault – to arrive at the airport and be like, ‘Oh god, I have that done?’” she told him Irish Independent.
She said passengers should always check their passport is valid before travel and arrive “at least” three hours before the scheduled departure.
And she recommended an app called VeriFly that passengers can download if they want to simplify the travel experience.
She said: “VeriFly really takes a lot of the pressure off, it’s like a digital passport for all your records. It’s a fantastic system when it works.
“You upload your travel documents to it, so plan your trip, and once you’ve entered your flight details, you can upload your digital Covid certificate and passenger locator form,” she said.
“Because for Spain and Portugal you still have to fill out a passenger locator form. They haven’t all got rid of them yet. You can download the QR codes in the app and it’s great because when you arrive at the airport you just have to open the app and it says ‘okay go’ but unfortunately not all airlines are connected.”
Ms O’Toole said she was concerned reports of long queues and missed flights could keep people from booking holidays.
“It’s going to put people off again, it’s been hard enough for us to get back in business for so many years and then you’re back in business and then you have a war to deal with, but now you have the element of the airports,” she said.
“But that’s just in Ireland, I haven’t seen it anywhere else, everywhere else it seems to be back in full force so I don’t know what the problem is.”
A spokesman for Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said a shortage of security staff – many had left during the pandemic – was to blame for the delays and apologized to those affected.
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