Passengers traveling through Dublin Airport this morning said they were pleasantly surprised at how much quieter it was than they expected.
Last weekend, images surfaced on social media of the long lines stretching outside the Terminal 1 building.
However, at 6am there were only small queues in the main building of Terminal 1 while the security check entrance was empty.
Dublin Airport is advising passengers to arrive up to three and a half hours before their flight but no sooner, while people flying after 8:30am have been asked not to arrive at the airport before 5am. Those using the parking garage were also advised to allow an additional 30 minutes.
Parking spaces at Dublin Airport are sold out on Saturday and have “limited availability” on other days over the bank holiday weekend, airport authorities have said.
Several groups traveling through Terminal One this morning recounted Independent.ie that they were taking official advice and, given the reports of the last few weeks, were pleased that the airport was so quiet.
However, a group from Galway said it was “very frustrating” that they weren’t told beforehand it would be quieter as they had booked an earlier bus “just to be safe” and arrived five hours before their flight.
Gerry Stiffe and Michael Heneghan traveled to Birmingham on the 10.40am flight. They were traveling with a group of friends who had played football in England when they were young.
“We got here at 5.30am because it was the only bus from Galway, it took three and a half hours so we are early. Another bus came two hours later, but they told us we had to be here three and a half hours before,” Mr Stiffe said.
“If you booked a bus two weeks ago and you haven’t booked it, when it fills up that bus is gone and you would have to go to Dublin.
“It’s very frustrating for us.”
Mary Conway from the city of Kildare traveled to Lourdes with a group this morning.
She said they got to the airport three and a half hours before their flight as recent reports suggested it would be much busier.
“They told us on the news that 500,000 people would be traveling through the airport this weekend,” she said.
“We’d be here early anyway, and I thought by the time the kids left school and people went abroad.”
Niamh O’Callaghan, from Malahide, said she was in Terminal 2 last weekend and the queues in Terminal 1 paled in comparison this morning.
She and two of her friends were in Terminal One this morning en route to Manchester for a ‘weekend’.
“It seems well organized [today]. So we got there three hours early to forestall the delays and everything seems to be well organised.
“I was here last week and it was very, very busy, I was expecting the same today.”
There was great excitement at the airport this morning as many families departed on their first holiday abroad since the pandemic began.
Tina Manley, her husband and their two children traveled to a holiday camp in Amsterdam.
Ms Manley, who traveled from Cork, said the trip has gone smoothly so far.
“We thought it was going to get worse, and actually, the parking lot and stuff there, it was all very easy and it’s quiet enough here,” she said.
“Not sure if Ryanair will still be open, we might be a little early to drop off our bags but that’s fine.”
Meanwhile, a passenger who asked not to be named said her friend had already gone through security in Terminal Two this morning and it took longer to buy a coffee inside.
“Security queue 30 minutes, Starbucks queue 40 minutes,” she said.
Up to 250,000 people are expected to leave the airport over the Easter weekend.
Flight numbers are approaching levels from 2019, which was a record year for the airport, said Graeme McQueen, media relations manager at DAA.
“As a rule of thumb, Saturday 16 April is the busiest day over Easter for flights.
“The worst queues are at peak times, such as early morning (which means around 5am to 10am in Terminal 1, but can last up to 12pm in T2 due to transatlantic flights), weekends and holiday periods.” Mr McQueen said.
“Terminal 1 has a second peak security check time between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for evening flights.
“If you can book a flight outside of these hours, try that.”
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