Dublin Airport braced for busiest weekend since before the pandemic

The majority of passengers got through security in under 30 minutes this morning, Dublin Airport has said, as it braces for its busiest weekend since before the pandemic.

he Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said it expects between 50,000 and 55,000 departing passengers each day this weekend as schools break for the summer holidays. 

At 6.30am minimal queues for security were seen in Terminal 1 and 2, with wait times of between 10 and 20 minutes being shown on the screen. 

The longest queues were for the airline check-in desks, with the Aer Lingus desk in Terminal 2 going right through the terminal. However, the people at the top of the queue said it was moving quite quickly, taking around 30 to 40 minutes. 

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

Maddie McCarthy, from Donabate in Dublin, was travelling to Newcastle this morning for a hen party with her friends. 

At around 7am, the group said it took 15-20 minutes to check in their bags at the Ryanair desk and then 20 minutes to get through security. 

“We were extremely worried [about the queues] but when we got here it was grand,” Ms McCarthy said. 

“We thought because of the primary schools being off and exams being finished this weekend was going to be pure chaos, but I think everyone arrived early.”

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

“Between today and Monday we will have between 50,000 and 55,000 departing passengers through Dublin Airport each day,” he said.

“We will be doing those numbers now for a number of weeks which is a couple of percentage points ahead of what we have been handling regularly for the last month or so. Communitavely that would be the biggest weekend since the pandemic.

“This will become the norm on a daily basis now that primary schools are breaking up, we will be looking at those kind of numbers every day for the rest of June and July.”


Queues at the AirFrance check-in desk at Terminal 1 Dublin Airport this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mr Cullinane said the security queues in the airport this morning ran “very efficiently”. 

“The busiest part of the day every day is the first wave of departures prior to 6am and that started very well this morning,” he said.

“The majority of passengers were getting through the security area in both Terminal 1 and 2 this morning under 30 minutes. Some of them would have been queuing at the airline check-in desk or bag drop prior to that but the security process is very efficient this morning.”

The advice remains the same passengers should arrive two and half hours before a short-haul flight and three and a half hours before a long-haul flight. 

Those that are checking in luggage should add an extra hour onto this. 

Ryanair and Aer Lingus both open their check-in desks at 3am, with Aer Lingus allowing people to drop in their luggage the night before their flight. 

Gwyn Piper and Emily Winslow from Washington DC in the US had been waiting in the Aer Lingus queue for 20 minutes, they had to check-in at the desk as the machines wouldn’t allow them to print their boarding cards. 

“We were a little bit worried yeah we knew how bad it was so that’s why we came so early,” Ms Piper said. 

“The machines aren’t the best. It’s saying you can get the boarding pass through the machines but when you try to get your boarding pass it just won’t work.

“But actually [the queue] has been pretty fast, it’s been about 20 minutes, and we started all the way at the back, so it’s been fine.”

Shannon Mulvany and her daughter Kelly Brenya, from California, were travelling home after a week’s holiday in Ireland. 

Ms Mulvany said she was pleasantly surprised at the queues in the airport. They were flying with American Airlines which only had a handful of people waiting to check-in. 


Mother and daughter Shannon Mulvany and Kelly Brenya from California queue in Terminal 2 Dublin Airport this morning for their flight home. Photo: Tony Gavin

“I’ve just been following all the information on the news because the traffic was terrible but this morning I was pleasantly surprised,” she said.

“It would worry me for sure, but I don’t think it would stop me travelling.

“As soon as I saw that there weren’t the mobs of people outside I was like ‘okay, it’s going to be okay’.”



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