Dublin Airport wants to avoid canceling summer flights

Dublin Airport wants to avoid canceling summer flights

Dublin Airport has said it is “keen to avoid” reducing airlines’ capacity during the summer season.

This comes after Gatwick Airport in London and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam announced plans to restrict flights due to staff shortages.

The airport operator, daa, said measures it has put in place to avoid a recurrence of the long delays on 29 May; which resulted in about 1,400 people missing flights, has worked well over the past three weeks.

It said: “The system for filtering passengers based on whether they need to check in bags or can go directly to security works effectively.”

Overflow systems in the pre-terminal areas are now fully in place and available when needed.

Daa said more than 650,000 passengers had traveled through Dublin Airport in the past week, most of whom had passed security in less than 45 minutes.

But in hectic times, it has taken around an hour.

In a statement, the airport management said that they note the decision taken by some airports across Europe to cancel flights, in response to staff challenges.

Daa said it was “important to avoid such measures at Dublin Airport and we remain fully committed to ensuring that we get our staff level and operations where they need to be to cope with rising passenger numbers.”

Dublin Airport said it continues to advise passengers to arrive at the airport 2.5 hours before a short-haul flight and 3.5 hours before a long-haul flight and to allow an additional hour to check in bags.

Earlier, Gatwick Airport – the UK’s second largest – said it would reduce up to 75 flights a day as part of its efforts to avoid further chaos.

Gatwick Airport reduces dozens of flights per day (file image)

It will limit the number of flights to 825 per day in July and 850 daily in August – a reduction from 900 during peak hours.

A similar decision has been made at Schiphol Airport with capacity reduced by 13,500 seats per day.

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There were also long queues at London’s Heathrow Airport that caused Nicole Venglovicova, 31, to miss three separate flights to Belfast.

“I had a meltdown, I was crying outside the airport out of stress,” the freelance video producer told the PA news agency.

“I came to the airport for my morning flight and Flybe told me that the queue is huge so I have to run.

“When I finally got to security, my boarding pass didn’t work … the gate was still open at this point.”

When Venglovicova went back to the reception to explain the problems with her boarding pass, the staff began to “mess with security”.

When she could get back to her gate, it was closed and no one was there.

Picking up her luggage and going back through the security checkpoint took Venglovicova another two hours, which she said she missed two more flights she could have taken to Belfast.

Mick Lyon, from Liverpool, said his time at Manchester Airport on Friday was “very frustrating”.

When he returned home from Paris, the 39-year-old said that passengers were queuing outside the terminal when passport control barriers were closed.

“Literally needed someone to open up the barriers so people could queue in order … it could have easily been avoided by opening up the barriers,” he added.

Earlier this month, Britain’s Secretary of Transport, Grant Shapps, told airlines to stop selling tickets for flights they could not man after a series of cancellations.

Travel expert Simon Calder said he believes the Gatwick Airport decision will be effective in easing queues and cancellations.

“A lot of people say it means it’s going to be a terrible summer of flight chaos, but in reality what Gatwick Airport is doing is just the opposite,” he said.

In a speech to RTÉ News, Calder said that “what we will see is a reasonable number of canceled flights to put some resilience in place, because that has really been the problem.”

The travel journalist and broadcaster spent most of the day at Gatwick Airport.

“The whole idea of ​​Gatwick’s plan to limit the number of flights in July and August is to make sure there is some slack in the system, so that we do not see the terrible scenes of last – minute flights being canceled,” he added.

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