“By 6am this morning, queue times under 10 minutes were being experienced by early morning travellers in both terminal one and two.”
The Dublin Airport Authority (daa) has said that departures are operating “very efficiently” this morning.
As RTÉ reports, the maximum number of security lanes are open, extra staff are working and there is an “improvement in queue management for passengers entering the terminals for check-in, bag drop and security.”
Kevin Cullinane, who is the head of communications for daa gave an update on the airport situation this morning.
Mr Cullinane said: “By 6am this morning, queue times under 10 minutes were being experienced by early morning travellers in both terminal one and two.
“Today is the start of a very busy bank holiday weekend of air travel with up to 50,000 passengers a day departing from Dublin Airport.”
The advice for passengers is to arrive two-and-a-half hours early for a short haul flight, and three-and-a-half hours early for a long haul flight. However, passengers should give themselves an extra hour if they need to avail of the bag drop-off.
Over the past week, the daa has implemented a new strategy to manage queues after over 1,000 passengers missed their flights due to significant queueing. They have hired 40 extra security screening staff this weekend and they have deployed some staff from Cork Airport, which is also operated by daa.
Additionally, marquees have been erected outside the terminal building, so if the queues need to move outside passengers will be sheltered if it rains.
The airport is set to be very busy this Bank Holiday Weeekend, and 49,000 passengers are expected to depart from Dublin Airport today.
Yesterday, Graeme McQueen, the daa’s Media Relations Manager, said that he hopes passengers will feel “at ease” this weekend, while acknowledging that management “fell down” last week.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, he said that the group continues to work on ways to get people through the airport in an “orderly manner”.
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