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Dublin Airport passengers who arrive too early will be put in holding area

In order to access the terminals passengers will be asked to present documentation to indicate departure times.
Passengers at Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning (Niall Carson/PA)

Passengers at Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning (Niall Carson/PA)

Ryan Nugent

THE DAA will limit access to terminals at Dublin Airport at busy periods to two-and-a-half hours and three-and-a-half hours for short and long haul flights as they attempt to avoid further travel chaos over the bank holiday weekend.

Chaos at the airport last weekend saw more than 1,000 people miss their flights last Sunday.

The urgent plan – requested by ministers Eamon Ryan and Hildegarde Naughton – will be revealed by DAA chief Dalton Philips to the Oireachtas Transport Committee this afternoon.

The DAA will tell the committee that passengers arriving too early for their flights will be asked to wait in a passenger holding area instead.

In order to access the terminals passengers will be asked to present documentation to indicate departure times.

Long queues leading into Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport last weekend. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Long queues leading into Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport last weekend. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Bad weather cover along with seating and toilets will also be put in place by the DAA.

The committee, which will meet at 1.30pm, will be told that the DAA is confident there will not be a repeat of last week’s chaos.

Mr Philips will tell the committee in his opening statement that the DAA had anticipated passenger numbers at 75-80pc of 2019 levels, but that Terminal 1 alone were at 95pc.

He will say that they had not expected pre-pandemic levels of travel until 2024 or 2025.

The DAA will insist that if “unanticipated issues arise” this weekend, they will “have appropriate escalation and triage mechanisms focussed on ensuring no passengers will miss their flights”.

More to follow…


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