Dublin Airport predicts 450,000 passengers to pass through over weekend

Saturday expected to be busiest day at airport

Almost half a million passengers are expected to pass through Dublin Airport this weekend, as the bank holiday weekend prompts travel plans.

Over the four days between Friday and Monday, 240,000 passengers are expected to depart from the airport, and 210,000 will arrive into the country.

The busiest day is expected to be Saturday, with 117,000 travelling through the airport.

Airport operator DAA said car parks are sold out for this weekend, and urged passengers to use alternative transport. Passengers are advised to arrived three hours ahead of a long haul flight, and two hours in advance of shorter flights.


Dublin Airport has implemented a number of new security scanners in both terminals, but rules remain in place around carrying liquids on board.

“The peak tourism season is now upon us and our doors are set to welcome tens of thousands of tourists to Ireland from all over the world this weekend,” said Sarah Ryan, director of communications at DAA. “By preparing smartly in advance, passengers can avoid needless delays.”

Meanwhile, Shannon Airport is expecting 52,000 passengers to pass through the airport this weekend. It follows a rise in overall passenger numbers from January to the end of May of 8 per cent to more than 753,000.

“With additional capacity and increased frequencies on a range of Ryanair services and the recent introduction of Delta’s new service to New York-JFK, passengers have a wide variety of destinations to choose from,” said Mary Considine, chief executive of the Shannon Airport Group. “This summer we will operate 33 services to 11 countries in popular locations in Europe, the UK and US.”

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Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist