Travellers to expect long delays at Dublin Airport

Airline Ryanair has advised people travelling out of Dublin Airport to arrive 3.5 hours before their flight.

The airline has outlined that these delays, which are causing serious disruption at the airport, are expected to last for several weeks.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has said people travelling on short and long haul flights should expect long delays at Dublin Airport.

The authority has said that the delays are due to shortages in staff. These shortages, along with Covid related absences, have meant that it is taking much longer than usual to move customers through security.

Arrive at the airport early – 3.5 hours advised

Arrive early to avoid delays at Dublin Airport.
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Ryanair has advised people travelling out of Dublin Airport to arrive 3.5 hours before their flight. Unlucky for anyone with a 6 am flight!

In particular, peak flying times are proving to show significant delays. This disruption has caused many people to miss their flights.

Since the delays began, Ryanair has announced that check-in desks, kiosks, and baggage drops will all open 3.5 hours prior to departure.

This comes as an attempt to minimise the impact of the delays and reduce the number of people rushing to get on flights.

Lengthy delays – why has this happened?

Lengthy delays are caused by staff shortages.
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We understand that the delays at Dublin Airport are being caused by staff shortages. The DAA outlined that they hired 100 new members of staff at the start of the year.

However, increased background checks and training on security staff have meant that there have been delays in bringing the new staff in to start working in the airport.

The shortages, along with COVID related absences, have meant that it is taking much longer to get customers through security. Some reports outlined travellers waiting up to 90 minutes to get through security.

The DAA has issued an apology since the delays began, stating, “we are sorry for the stress and inconvenience caused, particularly to those who have missed a flight.”

You can find more information about airports in Ireland here.

Don’t join the club – upset travellers have been posting pictures online

Upsets travellers have been posting photos and videos of delays at Dublin Airport.
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Holidaymakers and people visiting family and friends have been posting photos and videos online of crazy queues at Dublin Airport.

So, for anyone travelling out of the Capital in the coming weeks, save yourself the headache and get down early to make sure you can get to where you’re headed in peace.

We all know there is nothing worse than getting to the airport in what you think is plenty of time, just to miss your flight due to conditions that are out of your control.

To keep up to date on the situation, you can find more information from Dublin Airport here.

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