No major delays at airport during its busiest weekend
Published 01/08/2015 | 02:30
They said it was going to be one of the busiest weekends ever at Dublin Airport, but advanced preparation meant the travel plans of thousands of passengers passed off without a hitch.
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) expects to welcome more than 354,000 passengers through the two busy terminals over the coming days and the madness all kicked off early yesterday morning.
But plans in place meant passengers were only waiting in security lines for an average of 10 to 15 minutes on Friday morning.
The number of people travelling through the airport on 2,316 different flights over the busy Bank Holiday weekend is up 16pc on the same period last year.
Amongst the 88,500 passengers going through Dublin Airport yesterday, was Siobhan McCourt and her daughter Kate from Ballinteer.
The mother-of-two was about to embark on a family holiday to Lanzarote and was pleasantly surprised at the efficiency in the airport.
"The flight is not until 3pm so we came out a little bit earlier so we can get through and get something to eat," she said.
Also travelling on a family holiday to Malaga was Dublin couple Nicola Kelly and Darren Darcy, along with their son Bobby (4). Darren works as a taxi driver and is well aware of the delays that passengers sometimes experience, so they came early to prepare for the worst.
"We made it our business to come out early to check in," he said.
"We allowed ourselves three hours. If people are going to the States I just say, look - four hours. Especially at this time of the year because it is so busy. But going to England, Malaga and places like that, I just tell them to arrive three hours beforehand."
Almost every security desk was in use yesterday in Terminal 1 and 2, and an airport official said they endeavour to have every passenger through the checks in 30 minutes.
This efficiency was in stark contrast to claims by an 81-year-old grandmother who said last weekend that she missed a connecting flight to the Caribbean because of delays in Dublin airport.
The DAA said 2.5m passengers passed through the airport during the month of July, making it their busiest month ever.
And, so far this year 13.7m people have gone through the airport, a 15pc increase on the first seven months of last year.
Aer Lingus also reported record numbers and said it expects to carry 230,000 customers over the Bank Holiday weekend, a 10pc increase on last year.