PASSENGERS at Dublin Airport have been asked to queue outside the terminal buildings as a large number of people arrived early this morning to catch their flights.
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.
In the early hours of the morning, huge queues formed, in which passengers streamed into the buildings in an “orderly” manner.
A spokesman wrote on Twitter at 4.55am: “We are currently filtering passengers into the terminal buildings in an orderly manner to join the moving check-in and security queues and we thank passengers for their cooperation and patience during this extremely busy time of the year.” In the morning before the first wave of departures.”
They added: “DAA thanks passengers for taking their advice to arrive up to three and a half hours before their departure time.
“If you follow this advice without having to arrive earlier, passengers will get through security as quickly as possible.”
The average wait before 6 a.m. was an hour, they said.
RTE’s football correspondent Tony O’Donoghue was among the passengers waiting in line this morning.
Upon arrival, he tweeted, “My God, 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.”
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Dublin Airport has since issued a warning ‘only gets busier’ as families head out of Ireland for the Easter holidays.
A spokesman told the Irish Sun: “In the coming weeks the airport will only get busier, particularly around the Easter holidays.
“As our recruitment process for security screening staff is ongoing (we plan to add around 300 more to our existing team of around 600 people), we advise all passengers to continue to expect their airport journey to take longer than expected – especially at busy times.
“The advice from Dublin Airport remains: when you depart Dublin Airport soon, please note that it can get very crowded at busy times so allow plenty of time.
“At peak times this can mean up to 3.5 hours before departure.
“If you park a car, wait another 30 minutes.
‘VERY BUSY SUMMER’
“DAA aims to have the optimal number of security gates open in both Terminals 1 and 2 in the coming weeks, in line with expected passenger forecasts for a very busy summer season ahead.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers more travel options after Britanny Ferries announced two new sailings in this week.
A twice a week cork The route to Roscoff in France is scheduled to begin this summer.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “As we resume international tourism to Ireland this year, the announcement that Brittany Ferries’ MV Armorique will be operating between Roscoff and Cork this summer is very good news and a real one A vote of confidence in Irish tourism.”
And a new tourism-oriented ship Galicia will also sail from Rosslare to Bilbao in Spain from November this year.
The Galicia, which can accommodate up to 1,015 passengers, is closer to cruise ferries like the company’s flagship Pont Aven, with far better facilities for leisure travelers.
Jean-Marc Roué, President of Brittany Ferries, said: “There is no doubt that the Rosslare – Bilbao route has been a success and we are pleased with the way Irish hauliers have taken it up.
“The Galicia will continue to offer a strong cargo offering. However, our research has shown that there is demand from Irish people wanting to holiday in Spain and the Galicia will certainly offer them a far more enjoyable experience.
“The task now is to work with tourism organizations in Ireland and Spain to ensure holidaymakers fill our ships and enrich destinations in both markets.”
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8630019/passengers-dublin-airport-queue-outside-terminal-buildings/ Passengers at Dublin Airport wait OUTSIDE the terminal buildings as large numbers arrive early for flights