Over 4,000 are applying for security jobs at Dublin Airport after flyers were forced to queue outside this weekend

The Dublin Airport Authority said 130 people successfully went through the interview phase this week as part of their recruitment campaign to deal with long queues.

The DAA said another 250 interviews were scheduled this week as over 4,000 candidates applied for airport security positions.

Passengers were asked to line up outside Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1 on Saturday morning to reduce wait times at security.

Images of long, winding queues outside the terminal buildings appeared online with hundreds of holidaymakers standing outside as early as 4am.

Dublin Airport filtered long queues of passengers into the terminal this morning, assuring passengers the queues are moving “in an orderly manner”.

It was reported that the airport had calmed down again this morning after some passengers missed flights on a number of days over the past few weeks because they got through security on some days.

Passengers are told that if they catch an early morning flight, they can arrive at least three and a half hours before their flight departure and drop off their bags the night before.

In a statement to Independent.ie, a DAA spokesman said the airport was making “good progress on our recruitment campaign”.

Kevin Cullinane said permanent employees also have the potential to work overtime during busy periods.

“These roles are flexible with a guaranteed minimum number of hours. New hires are offered permanent contracts on a 30-40 hour basis, while seasonal contracts suitable for third-level students, those with other family or caring responsibilities, or jobs are offered on a 20-40 hour basis.” he said.

“Our business is very seasonal and so, like so much in the experience economy, we need that level of flexibility. Anyone on a permanent contract also has the option to work overtime during the busy peak periods to supplement their annual wages when it drops to 30 hours during the quieter winter months.

“Dublin Airport is currently hiring hundreds of new staff as aviation and our business grows post-pandemic. We have gone from 100 per cent to 5 per cent to 80 per cent and are firmly focused on restoring the international connectivity the country and economy need to recover from Covid-19. Nobody working at Dublin Airport has any doubt that we have to regrow better and faster.”

This morning Dublin Airport opened additional security lanes to help get passengers through more efficiently.

The airport said the “optimal” number of security lanes and x-ray machines are open in both terminals based on “our current resource levels.”

Long lines of passengers filtered into terminal buildings over the weekend when people were asked to wait outside. The airport reassured passengers that the queues were “constantly” moving.

In a statement on Twitter this morning, Dublin Airport said: “With additional security lanes opening 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 depart on time.”

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

The Business Post reported today that the DAA has laid off 248 security screening employees over the past 18 months as part of a voluntary layoff program.

Around 1,000 airport employees have accepted voluntary redundancy since September 2020.

This comes as the DAA unveiled a new five-point plan last week for how it will navigate the busy Easter period ahead.

This is due to a lack of security staff as the airport “starts back up” to pre-pandemic staffing levels.

It said the plan would include: increased resource sourcing; increased training capacity; deployment of a task force; a targeted communication campaign and operational activities – including 24-hour security control in Terminal 1 to reduce queuing for early morning departures.

About 250 candidates were invited for an interview this week, with additional resources allocated to the HR team to expedite the interview process.

The DAA said the lack of security screening personnel is the “most important factor” in the current difficulties.

https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/over-4000-apply-for-security-jobs-at-dublin-airport-after-flyers-forced-to-queue-outside-this-weekend-41539121.html Over 4,000 are applying for security jobs at Dublin Airport after flyers were forced to queue outside this weekend

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