Published on August 15th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


daa Responds to Improved Performance at Dublin

The daa has reported a significant improvement in security screening queue time in recent weeks for passengers at Dublin Airport. As a result, the new advice for intending passengers is to arrive two hours in advance for a short-haul flight, and three hours for a long-haul flight. Passengers checking in a bag should allow additional time of up to an hour. These changes to passenger advice have been agreed upon after consultation with our airline partners who request that passengers make themselves aware of the check-in desk opening times for their flight and plan accordingly.

Passenger advice has remained under constant review throughout the busy summer months at the airport to ensure passengers made their flights and to avoid the need to reduce flights. The continued reduction in security processing times, aided by the ongoing recruitment of new security staff and the deployment of prudent contingency measures over the summer months, has led to an improvement in the passenger experience and should provide increased reassurance to all those travelling over the coming weeksSince the implementation of the measures there have been no significant security challenges in June, July or August and no passengers have missed flights in these three months that heeded the advice which gives the daa the confidence to relax the passenger guidance at this time.

The Defence Forces had been on standby to take up posts at vehicle checkpoints at Dublin Airport in the event of a major COVID outbreak, though the requirement for this did not materialise. The Defence Forces are now being stood down and daa has thanked the members of Óglaigh na hÉireann for their support. 

Commenting, the outgoing CEO of the daa, Dalton Philips said, “During July – Dublin Airport’s busiest month in three years – over 3 million passengers flew in and out of the airport. 99% of all passengers passed through security in under 45 minutes, while 90% of passengers queued for 30 minutes or less. In the first two weeks of August, virtually all passengers were through security screening in 30 minutes or less. I would like to thank and acknowledge the support of our passengers who have worked with us over recent months to navigate our way through an incredibly challenging and turbulent time for aviation in general and Dublin Airport in particular. Our team at Dublin Airport has been simply brilliant, everyone across the business has put their shoulder to the wheel through this difficult period and their cheerfulness and helpfulness has been regularly noted by our passengers.”

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