Emergency measures introduced at Dublin Airport helped prevent a recurrence of flight chaos during the opening of the travel rush in June – with pressure on airport managers to be eased by a 11 per cent reduction in the total number of flights for the departure stop on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Dublin Airport’s terminals 1 and 2 still face large numbers of passengers during rush hour with Friday’s busiest period being matched by departures between 06.00 and 07.00 on Saturdays.
The queues at Dublin Airport on Saturday morning were busier than on Friday, with long check-in queues extending along Terminal 1.
Passengers David and Stephanie McCoy and their daughter Juliette arrived at the airport at 6.20, their flight to Paris is 8.50.
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Mrs McCoy said they had moved “very little” in 40 minutes.
“We were told not to come too early either so you can not win in any way.
“I would never fly from Dublin Airport again if I could avoid it. It’s too stressful.
Mrs McCoy said the family still needed to get through security and feel “miles away”.
Mr McCoy said: “The queue is longer than the flight.”
“There must be more efficient ways to move people through airports.”
With one hour and 20 minutes left until their flight, Mrs McCoy added: “I will not be happy until we are done.”
There were no passengers waiting outside the terminal buildings.
In an update on Twitter this morning, Dublin Airport said it had eleven security files open from 4pm on Saturday.
“Another busy first wave of departures @DublinAirport We had 11 security files open in both T1 and 2 from 04.00 with a maximum queue time of 59 minutes in T1 before 06.00 and 40 minutes in T2. The queue times at 06.30 were 30 minutes in T1 and 19 minutes in T2. These can be found on our website and app “, it said.
Another busy first wave of departures @DublinAirport We had 11 security files open in both T1 & 2 from 04.00 with a maximum queue time of 59 minutes in T1 before 06.00 & 40 minutes in T2. The queue times at 06.30 were 30 minutes in T1 and 19 minutes in T2. These are available on our website & App. pic.twitter.com/xiTic6D7w6
– Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) June 4, 2022
An airplane will take off from Dublin on Saturday morning almost every 90 seconds.
Between 06:00 and 07:00, a total of 36 flights will depart from Dublin – 19 from Terminal 1 and 17 from Terminal 2.
It exactly matches Friday’s peak of flight departure operations.
The flight pressure will continue until 08:00 with a total of 29 flights departing during the previous hour.
Security personnel, baggage handlers and passenger support personnel will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the total number of flights on Saturday is 11 percent lower than Friday’s peak of 328 departures.
During Saturday’s departure operations at Dublin Airport, a total of 294 flights will take off – 178 from Terminal 1 and 116 from Terminal 2.
Traveling passengers will face two major congestion periods – from 06:00 to 08:00 and later from 15:00 to 18:00.
Between 06.00 and 08.00, a total of 65 flights will take off.
However, between 15.00 and 18.00, a total of 60 flights will depart from both terminals.
Terminal 2 will prove to be the quieter of the passenger facilities throughout the day with flights departing in double digits only four times (06:00, 07:00, 11:00 and 13:00).
At 08.00, only one flight will depart from Terminal 2 – while the terminal operations will be low in single digits throughout the afternoon after 16.00.
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