December 19 2012
About 620,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the Christmas season, from Thursday, December 20 to Wednesday, January 2, 2013. A 2% increase over the same period last year.
According to Dublin Airport spokeswoman Siobhan Moore, the busiest day for incoming flights before Christmas is expected to be Sunday, December 23 while Sunday, December 30 is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas, particularly with passengers heading to ski destinations.
While DAA will have additional Customer Care staff on duty over the Christmas season to ensure passengers have an efficient and smooth journey through the airport, Ms Moore urged passengers to pack all sharp objects into checked-in luggage and familiarise themselves with the rules governing liquids and gels.
"We have seen an increase in the number of sharp objects in hand luggage going through the passenger security screening area in recent months, and we are urging all passengers to pack these object into checked in luggage so that security searches can be kept to a minimum.”
The airport and terminal buildings have been decorated to create a special atmosphere at Dublin Airport during the festive season and about 900 performers from 30 local choirs and groups are performing at the airport to provide a true ‘Cead Mile Failte’ to the many people coming home for the Christmas holidays.
To mark the beginning of Gathering in 2013, Dublin Airport also has special branding in place to “welcome home” visitors from all over the world.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has the following six key tips for passengers travelling this Christmas season:
1. PASSENGERS SHOULD CHECK WHICH TERMINAL THEY ARE DEPARTING FROM
Passengers are advised to check which terminal their flight departs from before coming to the airport. Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways, Emirates and ALL American carriers operate from Terminal 2 while all other airlines operate from Terminal 1. (NB Some Aer Lingus Regional services operate from T1).
2.GET TO KNOW THE EU AVIATION SECURITY REGULATIONS
Passengers should familiarise themselves with the EU Aviation Security regulations before travelling to the airport. Passengers are reminded that they cannot bring bottles/perfume gift sets/ specially packed bottles of wine or spirits etc. in hand luggage in containers measuring more than 100mls. Detailed advice is available on www.dublinairport.com.
3. REMOVE ALL SHARP OBJECTS FROM HAND LUGGAGE
Passengers are also reminded not to carry sharp objects in their hand-luggage, such as, scissors, nail files, blades, cork screws, cutlery or other sharp objects of any description. These objects should be packed into luggage, which will then be checked-in to the aircraft baggage hold. Christmas Crackers may be brought through the passenger security screening area provided the novelty gifts inside are not sharp/prohibited items.
4. DON'T WRAP THAT PRESENT
If you are planning to bring Christmas gifts by air this festive season Dublin Airport is asking passengers not to gift wrap presents.
Ms Moore said: "Many passengers take a lot of care and time to wrap Christmas gifts for family and friends overseas, we would ask them not to wrap these gifts so that they are not disappointed if they are requested to open these packages at the passenger screening area."
5. SPECIAL ADVICE FOR PASSENGERS USING WEB CHECK-IN
Passengers using web check-in should give themselves sufficient time to arrive at the airport in order to clear security screening so that they arrive at their boarding gate on time.
6. ROAD TRAFFIC
Finally, passengers travelling this Christmas season are also advised to allow themselves extra time to get to the airport in the event of road congestion to ensure they comply with check-in and airport security regulations.
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