Saturday 23 September 2017

Keeping watch on holiday weekend

Tight Security: Heavily armed gardai were at the Aviva Stadium for yesterday’s pre-season friendly between Athletic Bilbao and Liverpool. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Tight Security: Heavily armed gardai were at the Aviva Stadium for yesterday’s pre-season friendly between Athletic Bilbao and Liverpool. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Today is set to be among the busiest days in Dublin Airport's history as record numbers of travellers take to the skies over the course of a bumper bank holiday weekend.

More than 400,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport this August Bank Holiday weekend up until tomorrow night.

Passenger figures are up 4pc over the same weekend last year, with more than 2,669 flights expected to arrive and depart during this time. Today is set to be the busiest day with 104,000 passengers expected through both terminals.

Passengers intending to travel have been advised to arrive 90 minutes before a European flight and to allow extra time if travelling by car or checking in for a long-haul flight.

Parts of the capital were left at a standstill yesterday as an influx of GAA supporters arrived for two games in Croke Park.

And there was tight security with heavily armed gardai on duty as Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao fans arrived at the Aviva Stadium for a pre-season friendly. The traffic situation was not helped by Luas works that closed the quays near O'Connell Bridge.

The bridge remains open and access to city centre car parks is maintained but long diversions to orbital routes apply for anyone wishing to travel through the city.

Armagh, Tyrone and Monaghan supporters faced heavy delays en route to Dublin with heavy traffic along the M1 and build-ups at the Whitehall Flyover and on approaches to Croke Park.

Sunday Independent

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