Cleared for take off, but delays will dog schedules
IT was with a sense of relief that passengers boarded flights at Cork and Shannon Airports yesterday while others desperate to check-in were warned to expect delays for days to come.
Aer Lingus and Aer Arann resumed scheduled departures from 1pm yesterday -- but Ryanair won't resume its key UK operations from Cork and Shannon until 5am tomorrow.
While additional capacity is being put in place by all airlines -- including possible extra departures for London airports -- travellers have been warned that it will take several days to clear the backlog.
Cork Airport marketing manager Kevin Cullinane urged passengers to carefully check flight details with their airlines and to allow extra time for possible delays.
"All scheduled Aer Lingus flights are due to operate and the carrier is advising passengers to visit www.aerlingus.com for updates," he said.
At Shannon, five Dublin-bound Aer Lingus flights departed yesterday morning while transatlantic flight to JFK in New York left the tarmac at 1.35pm.
However, more people will have to endure a further wait following other cancellations.
Erin Gallaghan's flight home to Boston was cancelled yesterday. "We were suppose to fly out at 12.30pm today," she said. "Now we are told that we won't be able to get another one (from Shannon) until next Wednesday. We have another week of a vacation," Ms Gallaghan added.
Dennis Simmons was one of the lucky ones to be returning home to the Big Apple yesterday from Shannon. "We have been here for about nine days -- me and a friend.
"We got a text message last night telling us our flight was cancelled, only to wake up this morning to find another text message saying that it was actually going out on time," Mr Simmon said. "The scramble to get here this morning was a little bit much," he added.