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Queues for security in Terminal 2 Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin

Queues for security in Terminal 2 Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin

Queues for security in Terminal 2 Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin

Dublin Airport is bracing for its busiest weekend since before the pandemic, with more than 200,000 passengers expected to jet off over the coming days.

However, officials don’t anticipate chaos to ensue, with extra staff and better queue management helping the airport to run more smoothly.

The majority of passengers got through security in under 30 minutes yesterday, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said, as it expects between 50,000 and 55,000 departing passengers each day this weekend.

In total, it expects more than 400,000 passengers to arrive and depart through the airport from yesterday until Monday. Similar numbers will be seen next weekend.

Kevin Cullinane, head of communications for the DAA, said this weekend was the start of the busiest period of the year for the airport.

“Between yesterday [Friday] and Monday, we will have between 50,000 and 55,000 departing passengers through Dublin Airport each day,” he said. “This will become the norm on a daily basis now that primary schools are breaking up. We will be looking at those kinds of numbers every day for the rest of June and July.”

Mr Cullinane said 370 additional security staff would have been recruited by the end of July, with a “completely different” queue management system “working well” and ensuring security queues run “very efficiently”.

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