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Both Cork and Shannon closed briefly in July, and the closure of Dublin Airport was 'narrowly averted' in August

Both Cork and Shannon closed briefly in July, and the closure of Dublin Airport was 'narrowly averted' in August

Air traffic Control tower at Dublin Airport

Air traffic Control tower at Dublin Airport

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Both Cork and Shannon closed briefly in July, and the closure of Dublin Airport was 'narrowly averted' in August

Just before 4am on December 7, 2019, Aer Lingus flight EI104 from New York to Dublin was making its way across Ireland, high above Co Westmeath, when it was put into an unusual holding pattern.

Soon, inbound flights from Washington DC, Newark and Connecticut – full of sleeping passengers – were also in the circular holding pattern above Mullingar.


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