DUBLIN Airport has advised passengers to check the latest security times in their terminals as “chaotic queues” are expected to continue into Easter weekend.
In a statement over the weekend, airport operator daa said it would “continue to refine and adjust its security checks to ensure all passengers can clear security in time to board their flight.”
The statement comes as Passengers had to queue outside Dublin Airport building over the weekendwith hundreds of people queuing for hours.
This morning airport officials advised passengers can check the average wait time in line on their website.
They tweeted: “Flying soon? Did you know you can check the latest safety times for T1 and T2 on the Departures page of our website and Dublin Airport App? The times shown are an average of the last 15 minutes.
“Also, if you want to receive live updates on a specific flight to your phone, just click the WhatsApp or Messenger icons and we’ll keep you informed.”
They also warned that parking spaces sell out some days and have limited availability on others.
They said: “If you are heading into Dublin Airport this week please note that we are currently sold out at all our car parks for this Saturday 16 April.
“Also, there remains limited availability for short periods until this Friday (April 15).”
Earlier this week the airport warned it could take people three and a half hours to get through baggage and security, plus an additional 30 minutes if parking a car.
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And the daa is sticking to its advice but is warning passengers not to arrive earlier as it will “get a little busier”, according to daa spokesman Graeme McQueen.
Speaking of RTÉ’s Today with Claire ByrneHe said many people are “startled” by images on social media and show up too early, contributing to queue delays.
He said: “It gets people into the airport earlier than they need to be here and makes things a little bit busier”.
The spokesman added that a staff task force has been dispatched to terminals to help.
Additional security lanes have also been opened at Dublin Airport for this purpose Beat the long delays.
His comments come as dozens of flights to the UK were canceled yesterday while other airports and airlines continue to grapple with crippling staff shortages.
Staff shortages related to Covid-19 sick leave have also meant dozens of flights have been grounded, daunting plans by families traveling abroad over Easter.
EasyJet canceled at least 25 flights to or from Gatwick while British Airways canceled at least 64 domestic or European flights to or from Heathrow.
A new poll is now out Legacy Communicationhas found that Dublin Airport is currently the second busiest transit airport in Europe after London Heathrow.
The researchers looked at more than 10,000 online passenger reviews, 2,500 tweets and hours of flight data to rank the airports with the most uncomfortable travel experiences.
They analyzed data such as the annual number of passengers, the rate of delays, social media sentiment and passenger ratings to come up with an overall “stress score”.
And Dublin Airport was named as the second most stressful place to fly in or out.
London Heathrow maintained the top spot as travelers faced chaos in recent weeks after complaints of long queues due to staff shortages.
With 4.2 million passengers in March, the airport experienced its busiest month since the pandemic began.
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