The travel disruption is expected to continue for a second day after 143 flights scheduled to depart from or land at Dublin Airport were canceled on Friday.
Another dozen or more flights scheduled for Saturday were also canceled at the time, it turns out.
The daa confirmed that 69 outbound flights and 74 return flights were canceled on Friday.
Meanwhile, passengers planning to travel over the weekend are advised to check in with their airline before heading to Dublin Airport.
It comes as thousands of passengers had their flights canceled and many more faced hours of delays at the airport on Friday as airlines struggled to de-ice their planes.
The airport operator daa confirmed that the airlines are responsible for de-icing the planes and that the delays continued throughout the day.
“While the runways and taxiways at Dublin Airport remained open and fully operational throughout the day, some airlines experienced delays in their flight schedules due to difficulties in de-icing their aircraft.
“Delays this morning have had an impact throughout the day, resulting in a significant number of flight cancellations. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest flight information,” a spokesman said.
Met Éireann issued a yellow freezing fog status warning for the entire country on Friday afternoon for the whole country, with severely reduced visibility for affected areas through Saturday noon.
Visibility is very poor where this freezing fog occurs, making driving conditions “very dangerous”.
Ice fog is even more dangerous than regular fog because the droplets can become supercooled and form as ice on windshields.
Temperatures at a number of weather stations failed to climb above freezing on Friday, including at Dublin Airport and Phoenix Park, where the maximum was 0.4C. The warmest temperature recorded in Cork on Sherkin Island at 7.2°C.
Met Éireann’s Gerry Murphy said Ireland is now “really just at the beginning of a very cold spell” and people need to be aware of the forecast as conditions could get dangerous.
There is likely to be a ‘cumulative’ effect of several sub-zero days and nights, resulting in temperatures becoming progressively lower, while hail, sleet and snow are likely to continue to fall on coastal areas in the coming days.
There will be widespread severe freezes into the weekend, with Met Éireann now predicting this cold snap will continue throughout next week.
Plenty of snow will accumulate on the ground in the coming days for counties experiencing wintry showers as the cumulative effect of ever-declining “temperatures” makes conditions more treacherous.
Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as -4C in places overnight through Saturday.
Meanwhile, the temperature at the airport dropped to -3C on Thursday night, while a thick blanket of snow also fell.
Among the passengers affected was John O’Reilly, 29, from Clondalkin, south Dublin, who told Independent.ie he and his friends were due to fly Ryanair from Dublin Airport to Barcelona at 7.20am on Friday morning.
The group arrived at the airport at 4am and quickly went through security.
“We boarded at 7:10 a.m., but nothing happened,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “Then we were told the plane had an icing problem and it would take an hour. Then the pilot said every hour for three or four hours that it would be another hour.
“We were on the runway for four hours on the plane. And people were really hungry and thirsty.
“At 12:30 we finally got off the plane. We are now running around the airport trying to catch another flight.
“We’re stressed. We’re playing a card game tournament in Barcelona and we missed the first day. And the tickets cost €220 each. There are four of us here at Dublin Airport affected by this.
“We wanted to meet a friend from England over in Barcelona. Now they are alone over there.”
Despite his experience, Mr O’Reilly said he didn’t blame Ryanair staff and felt they were doing their best in a difficult situation.
On Friday, Ryanair said: “Due to heavy ice overnight a small number of Ryanair flights have been delayed/cancelled from Dublin Airport this morning.
“Affected customers have been notified and informed of their options. We sincerely apologize to the impacted customers for these weather related delays/cancellations which are completely beyond our control.”
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/dublin-airport-travel-disruption-to-continue-today-as-more-flights-cancelled-following-snow-and-freezing-fog-42207869.html Snow, weather and travel: The chaos at Dublin Airport continues into Saturday as more flights are canceled after snow and freezing fog