Passengers were asked to queue outside Dublin Airport Terminal One this morning to reduce wait times at security.
Images of long, winding lines outside terminal buildings surfaced online, with hundreds of holidaymakers standing outside as early as 4am.
Dublin Airport filtered long passenger queues into the terminal this morning, assuring passengers the queues are moving “in an orderly manner”.
Ahead of the busy Easter period, the Daa advised all passengers to arrive three and a half hours before departure to ensure they don’t miss their flight.
This is due to a lack of security staff as the airport “starts back up” to pre-pandemic staffing levels.
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In a statement on Twitter, Dublin Airport said: “We are currently filtering passengers into the terminal buildings in an orderly fashion 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 morning before the first wave of departures.”
“This resulted in us having to shift the flow of passengers into the terminals, which was well managed by the airport police with the support of An Garda Siochana.”
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) thanked passengers who arrived at the airport hours before their scheduled departure time. It said the average wait time was an hour before 6am.
“Daa thanks passengers for taking our advice to arrive up to three and a half hours before their departure time,” the airport operator said.
“If you follow this advice without having to arrive earlier, passengers can get through security as quickly as possible.”
Several passengers also took to social media to share their experiences driving through the airport during this busy time.
While some users called the queues “disgraceful” and “insane,” many employees praised how they handled the situation and said the queues were moving quickly.
One user wrote: “Through security in 53 minutes. I have to say that everything moved very well and the staff were very nice.”
While another user wrote: “If flying from @DublinAirport arrive 48 hours in advance!! Absolute madness!!!
While another wrote: “Just walked through security at #DublinAirport and all I can say is congratulations to the management of @DublinAirport on a fantastic job of managing people! Yes the queue was long and started outside Terminal 1 but it moved constantly and it took me just over an hour to get airside.”
The DAA has previously flagged the early morning as its busiest time for security.
https://www.independent.ie/news/passengers-asked-to-queue-outside-dublin-airport-terminal-buildings-this-morning-41536551.html Passengers were asked to queue outside Dublin Airport terminal buildings this morning