Dublin Airport delays warning for NI travelers over busy Easter period

Northern Ireland passengers using Dublin Airport have been warned that long delays are expected to continue over the busy Easter period.

This follows long delays in recent weeks due to staff shortages with reports of people waiting several hours for security screening and some delays causing passengers to miss their flights.

Like many other airports, Dublin has been significantly affected by the pandemic as international travel operations have been curtailed and many staff have left under a voluntary departure scheme.

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The airport is now scrambling to hire staff and train them in time for the busy summer season.

The daa, which operates Dublin Airport, has already apologized for the delays and to affected passengers.

He has now put in place a five-point plan for the busy Easter holiday period after weeks of major delays.

The changes, first implemented on March 27, have so far ensured that none of the 300,000 passengers traveling through Dublin Airport have missed their flight.

Despite this, customers are still warned that they should arrive at least three and a half hours before their flight to ensure they have enough time to make their boarding call.

Customers crossing the airport have taken to social media in recent weeks as queues left up to four hours waiting to clear security.

The daa admitted it was facing major staffing issues, and although hundreds of new recruits have been recruited, EU regulations mean weeks of training and custodianship checks must be completed before that new employees can be deployed.

As the travel industry recovers from Covid, officials said new measures were being put in place to curb long waits as many prepare for Easter holidays abroad.

In a statement, a daa spokesperson said: “The implementation of these measures has been successful over the past 10 days, with none of the approximately 300,000 passengers who have left Dublin Airport since 27 March only having missed a flight due to security queues. .

“However, with Dublin Airport expected to become busier over the next few weeks, passengers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three and a half hours before their departure time.”

The plan includes the recruitment, training and security clearance of a significant number of additional security screening staff “to help Dublin Airport cope with the significantly higher than expected number of passengers expected to fly at over the weeks and months to come”.

Staff are also being recruited from other airports around the country, as well as other roles within the daa to fill the void in the capital.

Passengers are reminded that peak times of 6am to 10am will see the longest queues at security and anyone traveling to Dublin Airport in the days and weeks ahead should be prepared for this that things take longer than they think.

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