Ireland prepares for stressful summer travel

 Monday, June 27, 2022 

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There are very long queues at the check-in and security at the airlines, cancelled or delayed flight and baggage issues. This year, summer travel creates a huge chaos in Europe with the cancelation of airlines.  Ireland has not escaped the continent’s travel chaos, with queues at Dublin Airport making headlines and leading the airport’s operator, Daa, to admit it had “let the nation down”.

It is according to Mr Corry, there are going to delay and are going to be cancellations. There are going to be extra disruptions that we haven’t seen. The numbers for the summer mean that it’s going to be a stressful summer for everybody involved – including the passengers.

 The essential thing at the root is everybody scaled down [staffing] for Covid,” Mr Corry says, with this including airports, airlines and subcontractors responsible for the likes of feeding passengers and cleaning toilets.

Everybody has scaled back up for post-Covid and aviation traffic passenger numbers ran at three or four percentage points higher than anyone anticipated. Some people are better able to deal with this. Some people weren’t,” he says.

The passengers are still periodically reporting queues for security and check-in – although not at the level seen at the end of May when more than 1,000 travellers missed flights due to lines stretching outside the airport’s terminal buildings.

The delays were confirmed on Sunday at check-in desks and bag drop areas due to staffing challenges faced by airlines, as the airport sees its busiest weekend of the year so far with 53,000 travellers departing today alone.

There are queues at security screening were “moving well” on both Saturday and Sunday, Daa said, with a spokesman adding that the recruitment and training of new security staff was also “progressing well.”

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