DUBLIN Airport has been inundated with job applications for its new terminal with 15,000 people applying for just 500 jobs.
The surge of interest, almost 30 applications per position, was received over the summer months after the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) advertised the vacancies on its website in June and July.
A spokesperson for the authority said it was shocked by the huge interest in the jobs.
"So far we've filled 300 positions, and we expect to fill the rest by the end of next week," the DAA's Siobhan Moore said. "We stopped taking in any more applications a couple of weeks ago."
Of the 300 new recruits, two-thirds were unemployed when they applied, while others came from backgrounds as diverse as IT, plumbing, taxi driving, and the construction and aviation industries.
The vacancies include 70 posts in the DAA's retail arm in the new Terminal 2, which will sell cosmetics, liquor, tobacco and souvenirs.
The remainder of the positions will be divided among passenger service roles and posts in facilities management, which include security, cleaning and general maintenance of the terminal.
Several people were also taken on after being let go from aircraft ground handling company Aviance, which made 59 workers redundant when it pulled out of its Dublin Airport base last year.
More than 900 jobs are expected to be created by the time the second terminal opens in November, including at least 400 positions coming from retail chains that plan to open stores in the building.