THERE were chaotic scenes at Dublin Airport this morning after snow and ice on the main runway led to flight delays, cancellations and diversions.
Long queues of disappointed passengers lined the main terminal building while emergency crews worked to clear the ice in an effort to get flights back on schedule at the crippled airport. Travellers turned up to learn that their flights were being delayed by up to six hours.
Many flights were cancelled, including Aer Lingus flights to Birmingham, Madrid, Manchester, Barcelona, Brussels, Edinburgh, London, Dusseldorf, Paris and Geneva. In Arrivals the boards also read of delays, diversions and cancellations.
Flights resumed at around 7.30am, but the delays caused a massive backlog that was expected to take hours to clear.
Messages on the Dublin Airport Authority website said the main runway was “unavailable for flight operations while snow and ice clearance is underway”.
Mary Moran and Caroline Doolan were due to travel to London at 6.40am on an Aer Lingus flight, but it was cancelled. “We are just going to London for the day, so it is disappointing,” Mary, from Fairview, told the Herald.
“Now we are queueing to see if we can get another flight,” said Caroline, from Lucan.
Meath man Pat Fitzgerald was also in the Aer Lingus queue hoping to get a flight to Amsterdam, and was convinced he was going to miss his morning connection to Peru because of the delays.
“I’ll probably have to stay in Amsterdam overnight because there is only flight from there to Lima each day, and I’ll miss it this morning,” he said.
Pat, an ex-army man who served in the Congo, was travelling to see his son who is teaching in Peru.
Other disappointed passengers were Aedamar Howlett and Joanne Dineen. “We are going to Nice for a few days with work, but now we are trying to get alternative flights,” said Aedamar, from Rathgar.
“We’ve been here two and a half hours now, and we don’t know if we will get another flight yet.”