Ryanair advises customers to arrive at Dubin Airport three and a half hours before departure due to security delays.
The airline said check-in counters, kiosks and baggage drop would also open three and a half hours before departure.
In a statement released this afternoon, Ryanair said: “Due to DAA staff shortages at Dublin Airport, passengers should arrive at least 3.5 hours before their scheduled departure time.
“Check-in counters, kiosks and baggage drop open 3.5 hours before departure.
“We apologize to our customers for these unfortunate security delays, which are completely beyond our control.”
Long queues have been reported at the airport for the past week, with tales of passengers missing flights for waiting so long at security. Some reports describe security check waiting times of 90 minutes.
The Consumer Association (CA) said it had received a number of reports from customers missing flights due to security delays.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is alerting people to security check delays due to staff shortages in the coming weeks as they seek to increase staffing levels in the wake of the pandemic.
A spokesman for the DAA said the easing of Covid restrictions has resulted in a significant increase in the number of flights operated and “extremely hard work” is being done to increase staffing levels to meet demand.
“Recruiting, training and background security checks for all employees at an international airport takes several weeks. This is happening against the background of growing passenger numbers at Dublin Airport. This is affecting the time it takes for passengers to get through security, particularly at peak times,” the spokesman said.
“We apologize in advance but there will likely be queues for security at busy times in the coming days and weeks as we continue to bring trained staff on board. In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to ensure our security operations are functioning at the maximum possible level at all times.”
The DAA said it has hired 100 additional staff since the beginning of the year, but there have been delays in getting it up and running due to increased checks by security staff before they can begin work at the airport.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ryanair-advises-travellers-to-arrive-at-dublin-airport-35-hours-in-advance-due-to-security-delays-41495962.html Ryanair recommends travelers to arrive at Dublin Airport 3.5 hours in advance due to security delays