Relief all around, but lucky few miss all the madness
DEPARTING air passengers saw some light at the end of the runway at Dublin airport yesterday.
It had been a long week, looking forlornly at row upon row of 'cancelled' signs.
The first flight to leave the airport was a Delta Airlines plane returning to Atlanta, which was quickly followed by a series of others.
Sisters Julie and Rachel Molphy from Swords in Dublin were finally successful on their third attempt at a trip to Lanzarote.
"We were due to fly last Friday. We were at the gate and 10 minutes before we were due to take off, it was cancelled," said Julie. "There was a bride at the gate as well with her wedding dress."
Meanwhile, Elaine McCartney (25) from Clondalkin in Dublin and Jonathan Brick (28) from Lixnaw in Co Kerry were celebrating after they got on board the Delta flight to Atlanta in advance of their wedding in Orlando on Sunday.
A group of 30 people were travelling with the pair for the festivities, which were jeopardised when their original flight was cancelled last weekend.
The pair got a "glimmer of hope" on Tuesday night when they received the tickets for yesterday's successful flight.
For a lucky few, however, everything went on schedule and they were uninterrupted by the cancellations.
John and Mary Brady from Waterford city travelled to Boston for the weekend for the surprise birthday of Mr Brady's aunt and their flight travelled without interruption.
"I was worried about being able to go. Last night we got the go-ahead," he said.
Meanwhile, Helene Sacalotto and Fred Pales from Grenoble in south-east France ended their 10 days in Dublin happy to be flying to Toulouse, also on time.
"We were not nervous, we are on holidays.
"If we did not get home, we would stay longer. We enjoyed it here," Ms Sacalotto said.
But frustration remained for a number of passengers who were unable to fly.
Giovanna Ficarra, her husband Alessandro Debosis and their seven-year-old daughter Madalena Debosis were supposed to return to Rome on Sunday but their Ryanair flight was cancelled.
"I rebooked my own flight for Thursday. I came down and checked the reservation and found out all flights for Thursday and Friday were cancelled," Ms Ficarra said. They had to pay €3,000 for three flights on Air France to Rome via Paris in order to get home, she said.