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Over 1,000 flights missed amid chaotic scenes at Dublin airport

Thousands of travelers experienced lengthy queues at Dublin airport yesterday, with videos taken by travelers shows hundreds of people queuing in a seemingly never ending series of makeshift tracks outside terminal 1, while images broadcast on RTÉ news showed similar scenes at terminal 2. 

It was estimated that over 50,000 people were set to fly out yesterday amid ongoing security staff shortages.

 

Speaking on Morning Ireland daa (Dublin Airport Authority) Head of Communications, Kevin Cullinane, said that well over 1,000 passengers had missed their flights as a result of the delays saying:

“At this stage we estimate over 1,000 passengers … we will be doing a final tally with all our airline partners and customers again this morning to ascertain the final number”.

Cullinane expressed his remorse over the situation, apologizing “unreservedly”, saying that a final count of the number of missed flights would be compiled.

Another video from the same disgruntled traveler shows dozens of pieces of checked luggage left  in the baggage collection area of the airport, while the caption alleges that approximately 30 passengers were unable to board their 9:45am flight despite arriving at the gate “45 mins” before the plane left the dock.

 

Yet another passenger alleged that dozens of checked baggage was put in an area allocated for ‘pet relief’ and that many of the bags had been meant to be put onto connecting flights, instead being left “for more than two days”.

 

 

Also speaking on Morning Ireland, Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell, said that “Excuses and apologies are not good enough anymore.”

He added that solutions were needed to ensure these kinds of situations do not continue to arise, expressing concern for the upcoming June bank holiday.

“We need to have solutions as to how they’re going to ensure that this isn’t repeated next weekend, during the June bank holiday weekend”. He emphasized the need for those who had missed flights to be properly compensated.

He also said the Oireachtas wants daa officials to come before them and outline plans to improve the situation.

His comments came ahead of a meeting set to take place between Minister of State for International Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, and daa officials.

RTÉ reported that extra security lanes had been opened this morning in anticipation of 45,000 passengers expected to use the airport today.

Last week footage emerged of a brawl involving approximately half a dozen men which went on largely uninterrupted by airport security. Earlier this month Minister for Justice Helen MacEntee attended the opening of a new Garda station at Dublin airport which is a base for 48 gardai and the Armed Support Unit saying,

“The first Garda Station at Dublin Airport, which opened in 1987, was just a single room in the main airport Terminal.”

Daa have said they expect to have 370 additional security personnel in place by the beginning of July.

 

 

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