“The recent cold weather spells may have been a a contributory factor in the double-digit increase in passengers travelling this Easter when compared to last year,” said Dublin Airport spokesperson Siobhán O’Donnell.
“The Canary Islands and Spanish coastal resorts the most popular sunshine destinations this Easter for passengers in search of some much needed warm weather,” she added.
Over 2,500 flights are expected to arrive and depart Dublin Airport this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Good Friday is expected to be the busiest day of the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend with almost 100,000 passengers expected to arrive and depart through the airport.
Dublin Airport is also preparing for a busy summer season, with 14 new routes/services due to start in the coming weeks comprising five long-haul and nine short-haul destinations.
More than 3.8 million passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first two months of this year, which is a five per cent increase on the first two months of last year. This summer Dublin Airport will have flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines.
Dublin Airport has the following advice for passengers travelling over the weekend:
- Passengers are advised to check which terminal their flight is departing from BEFORE leaving home. Aer Lingus, Emirates, Norwegian’s transatlantic services and all US carriers operate from Terminal 2, while all other airlines operate from Terminal 1.
- Passengers are advised to be in the terminal building at least 90 minutes before their flight departure time irrespective of whether they are checking in at the airport or have checked in on-line. A further 30 minutes should be factored in if passengers are using one of the long-term car parks.
- EU Aviation Security regulations concerning liquids over 100mls are still in place. In this regard passengers are required to present liquids in containers measuring 100ml or LESS in a transparent resealable bag measuring no more than 20cm x 20cm SEPARATELY at security screening. Further details can be found on www.dublinairport.com
- Passengers are also advised to prepare for security screening in advance by removing laptops from cases, belts, outer jackets, umbrellas and sharp objects from hand luggage. This will avoid unnecessary delays at the passenger security screening area.
- Dublin Airport’s app provides information on a range of services through smart phone and hand-held devices. Real time flight information, security queue times and processing times through US CBP is there to help passengers travel through the airport seamlessly.
Dublin Airport will have Customer Care teams on duty across both terminals this Bank Holiday Weekend; they are there to assist passengers with their journey through the airport.