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Dublin Airport Goes Green For St. Patrick's Day

March 13 2013

About 225,000 passengers are expected to use Dublin Airport this weekend, which is a 6% increase on the same period last year.

Passengers coming to Dublin Airport by ground and by air will see Terminals 1, 2, the Old Terminal building and many other prominent buildings around the airport campus lit up in green for the St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Weekend.

Following the successful testing of the lights last night, the official ‘greening’ of Dublin Airport will take place at dusk this evening, Wednesday March 13.

The buildings will be bathed in green light every evening from tonight (Wednesday) until next Tuesday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and The Gathering 2013. 

“We are thrilled to be participating in the ‘greening’ of Dublin Airport,” said DAA spokesperson Siobhán Moore.  “Preliminary tests carried out last night created a real wow factor at the airport and the greening of Terminal 2 was visible from the M1 and the M50.”

Meanwhile, more than 225,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the of the Bank Holiday weekend from Friday March 15 to Monday March 18, which is a 6% increase on last year. Monday, March 18 is likely to be the busiest day of the weekend, with more than 82,000 passengers expected to pass through the airport.

“Dublin Airport will be providing a selection of musical entertainment for passengers over the holiday including choirs, traditional Irish groups and local schools so that we can extend a true Céad Míle Fáilte to all visitors over the Bank Holiday Weekend” she added. Both terminals have also been decked with 11,000 balloons and bunting to create a festive atmosphere. 

Passengers are advised to check which terminal their flight is departing from BEFORE leaving home.   Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways operate from Terminal 2, while all other airlines operate from Terminal 1.

With more than 1,700 flights arriving and departing during the Bank Holiday Weekend, 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.  

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.   Information regarding EU Aviation Security regulations concerning liquids is available on and passengers are advised to familiarise themselves with these BEFORE setting out on their journey to the airport.

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.

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