30 May, 2022

Dublin disruption causes hundreds to miss flights.

Dublin disruption causes hundreds to miss flights.

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Lengthy queues at Dublin has caused more than 1000 people to miss flights on Sunday according to the airport’s authority. 

The airport's chief executive is scheduled to meet Ireland’s international travel minister today to discuss the situation and the reasons for so much disruption. However, speaking to local media, RTร‰ he stated that the airport was operating to "very fine margins" and "running to the max" of available staffing levels. The airport is recruiting more staff and expects to have another 370 officers from the start of July.

On Sunday the airport reported that it expected about 50,000 passengers to pass through the airport over the weekend but there were an insufficient number of security lanes open to cope with the demand.

Nearly 250 security staff had taken voluntary redundancy in the 18 months prior to April of this year according to the airport authority,  something they had offered as the airport struggled to cope with the covid pandemic downturn in business,

Budget airline Ryanair criticised the airports' management and wanted to call in the army.

Dublin is not the only airport to experience huge delays over the weekend, Gatwick experienced mass disruption with some passengers waiting over 22 hours at the airport and easyJet axing 28 flights a day for the next nine days at least.

Birmingham is continuing to experience delays, disruption and cancellations as it struggles to cope with increased demand and shortage of baggage handlers, leaving some passengers waiting more than 6 hours to collect their cases.

The airport predicted it would exceed the number of pre-covid passengers this week because of the four day bank holiday weekend.  A spokesperson for the airport said: "We would like to thank customers at Birmingham airport for their patience and understanding at this exceptionally busy time. We are continuously working with airport staff and baggage handlers to ensure a smooth running of operations on the ground. The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always our highest priority."

 



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