AROUND 620,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the Christmas season, from Thursday, December 20 to Wednesday, January 2, 2013, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.
Those numbers represent a 2% increase over the same period last year as staff at the airport get ready for a busy Christmas season. According to Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhan Moore, the busiest day for incoming flights before Christmas is Sunday, December 23 is while Sunday, December 30 is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to ski destinations.
While the DAA will have additional Customer Care staff on duty over the Christmas season to ensure passengers have an efficient and smooth journey through the airport, Ms Moore urged passengers to pack all sharp objects into checked-in luggage and familiarise themselves with the rules governing liquids and gels. She said: ' We have seen an increase in the number of sharp objects in hand luggage going through the passenger security screening area in recent months, and we are urging all passengers to pack these object into checked in luggage so that security searches can be kept to a minimum.'
The airport and terminal buildings have been decorated to create a special atmosphere at Dublin Airport during the festive season and about 900 performers from 30 local choirs and groups are performing at the airport to provide a true 'Cead Mile Failte' to the many people coming home for the Christmas holidays. To mark the beginning of Gathering in 2013, Dublin Airport also has special branding in place to ' welcome home' visitors from all over the world.