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Delays at Dublin Airport as weather limits use of main runway

Status yellow rainfall alert in place

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Published 01/04/2016 | 16:45

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is experiencing dozens of flight delays as weather conditions necessitate the use of its 'crosswind runway'.

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Runway 16/34, which is used roughly 5pc of the time due to weather conditions or to facilitate essential maintenance on the main runway, has been in use since this morning, according to an airport spokesperson.

"This can slow down flight operations at times," said Siobhán O'Donnell, the airport's Head of External Communications.

Dozens of delays are being experienced as a result, mainly on inbound flights, ranging from a few minutes to roughly an hour-and-a-half in some cases.

The delays follow Met Éireann's issuing of a status yellow rainfall alert for Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Cork and Kerry.

Heavy rain is expected to continue to midnight tonight.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are not reporting any significant delays to arrivals or departures at Dublin this afternoon.

Passengers should check their airline website before travel. Live arrivals and departures information can also be found on Dublin Airport's app and website.

At this time, it is not known when the main runway will re-enter use.

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