Thursday 22 March 2018

Great escape underway as thousands take flight for bank holiday weekend

Denise (9), Rachel (17), Lavinia (21) and Mary Ruane from Galway heading off to Lanzorate at Dublin Airport
Denise (9), Rachel (17), Lavinia (21) and Mary Ruane from Galway heading off to Lanzorate at Dublin Airport
Christopher Skelly from Skerries and Debbie Gibson from Marino heading off to London at Dublin Airport

Alan O’Keeffe

The Great Escape by huge numbers of people heading for well-earned holidays was underway at Dublin Airport today.

More than 388,113 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this August bank holiday weekend.

Passenger figures were up 10pc over the same weekend last year with more than  2,500 flights scheduled to arrive and depart.

Among than holidaymakers jetting off were Mary Ruane (43) and her daughters Lavinia (21), Rachel (17) and Denise (9), from Oranmore, County Galway.

“We’re really looking forward to Lanzarotte where the good weather is guaranteed,” said Mary, who was being joined by her brother Martin Noone and his family and their parents.

“The weather has been so bad this summer it will be great to escape. We’re really forward to ‘chillaxing’ on the beach,” she said.

Lavinia, who has just earned her B.Sc degree at NUIG, and Rachel, who has completed her Leaving Cert exams, were both looking forward to a well earned rest from their studies.

Anna Gibson (43) and her partner Pavel Formanek (39) and children Aaron (13) and Holly (8), from Tullamore, County Offaly, were travelling to the Czech Republic for a long weekend away.

Pavel has not visited his native Prague for the past seven years and he was keenly looking forward to a re-union with his relatives.

“We’ve all been excited about our trip.  We’ve been very busy with work and the weather has been miserable here so it’ll be great just to relax and eat,” said Anna.

Christopher Skelly (21) from Skerries, County Dublin, and Debbie Gibson (32) from Marino, Dublin, were delighted with the chance to spend the bank holiday weekend in London.

They were really looking forward to attending the Bangface Boat Party, a music festival on board a barge on the Thames, they said.

They will be joining 350 fans of techno, acid house, and jungle music at the floating party. They also plan to visit the British Museum and London Zoo before flying back to Dublin to be re-united with their baby daughter Saoirse.

Ger and Julianne Hynes from Headford, Co Galway, were travelling to the Canaries with their children Jenna (5) and Kerrill (2).

“We really need a break away from work and the bad weather,” said Julianne.

“Our priorities will be the beach, the pool and good food,” she said.

“It’s good to get the chance to get some quality time together,” said Ger.

 Dublin Airport has welcomed over 1.5 million extra passengers during the first half of 2016, with passenger numbers increasing by 13pc to more than 13 million during the first six months of the year.

“Passenger volumes are continuing to grow strongly at Dublin Airport” said Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

“The addition of 15 new services to our route network coupled with extra frequencies on many existing routes has contributed to the increase we are experiencing in passenger numbers” he added.

Dublin Airport has been shortlisted for a major international aviation industry marketing award.

The airport has been nominated for the 2016 World Routes Award in the 20-50 million passengers per year category. It won the award two years ago.

The World Routes Awards recognise excellence in marketing by airports to their airline customers.

Dublin Airport was also short-listed in the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe’s Best Airport Award earlier this year. In June, Dublin Airport was named Best Airport in Europe for Accessibility at the 2016 ACI Europe Awards.

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