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Inside the chaos at Dublin Airport: ‘We’re dealing with crowds the size of an Ed Sheeran gig every day’

Lightning speed return of travel volumes to pre-pandemic levels has caught the DAA on the hop

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Passengers inside Dublin Airport. Photo: Collins

Passengers inside Dublin Airport. Photo: Collins

Peak season is approaching for Dublin Airport: Photo: DAA

Peak season is approaching for Dublin Airport: Photo: DAA

A deserted Dublin Airport in 2021. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A deserted Dublin Airport in 2021. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A busy Dublin Airport recently amid lengthy security queues. Photo: Mark Condren

A busy Dublin Airport recently amid lengthy security queues. Photo: Mark Condren

Passengers previously queuing at Dublin Airport. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA

Passengers previously queuing at Dublin Airport. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA

Sandwiches for €6.95 at Dublin Airport. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Sandwiches for €6.95 at Dublin Airport. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Passengers queuing at Dublin Airport. Photo: Collins Photos

Passengers queuing at Dublin Airport. Photo: Collins Photos

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Passengers inside Dublin Airport. Photo: Collins

‘We do an Ed Sheeran concert every day,” said Kevin Cullinane.

The head of communications at DAA (the Dublin Airport Authority) is walking me through Dublin Airport and the efforts under way to flip the “ghost town” of 12 months ago into a hub handling up to 110,000 passengers a day this summer – a volume even Ed might struggle to entertain.


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