DUBLIN Airport has issued an urgent warning to passengers with morning flights during the Easter holiday period.
Airport bosses have changed arrival time policies before flights to avoid long queues.
Passengers were advised to arrive at least three and a half hours before their flight – some passengers said they missed flights extremely long lines for check in and security for the past few weeks.
As a result, many passengers have opted to arrive at their terminals a few hours earlier than is normally required.
With 500,000 passengers to fly in and out Dublin Airport The airport bosses issued new guidelines by Easter Monday.
Those with flights after 08:30 are advised not to arrive at the airport before 05:00.
The DAA said the move will “relieve” pressure on security queues and allow passengers flying before 8:30 a.m. during the busy first morning wave to get through security and to their gates before the next wave of passengers arrives .
A spokesman for the DAA said there was no requirement for passengers to arrive earlier than 3.5 hours, warning that arriving earlier than required had added pressure at peak times in recent days and weeks.
In another attempt to reduce delays, the airport said Terminal 1 will remain open 24 hours a day, while security in Terminal 2 will open from 4 a.m. every day.
The spokesperson added: “DAA recommends passengers to check with their airline prior to traveling to the airport, when check-in and baggage drop-off are open and plan their arrival at the airport based on this information. Passengers are also encouraged to check-in online for their flight where possible.”
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Up to 50,000 passengers per day will depart Dublin Airport from today until Easter Monday.
Dublin Airport has said it will be hiring new staff for both terminals, but lengthy Garda vetting, screening processes and training take around five to six weeks before staff can begin.
The DAA added: “The DAA is working to ensure that the maximum number of security gates are open at all times in both terminals. A task force consisting of more than 600 DAA office staff is also deployed in the terminals to provide additional assistance and customer service to passengers.”
Earlier this week the Dublin Airport Authority was warned to end the queue chaos or face lower passenger charges.
You could lose money if the Air Traffic Regulation Commission Reduced passenger fees.
The Commission does not have the power to impose a blanket fine on the DAA, but it does set the rate of passenger fee the airport charges airlines for anyone passing through the facility.
And the CAR can reduce the fee from the current €7.58 per person if the airport experience isn’t up to par.
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