December 18 2013
Dublin Airport is a truly magical place at Christmas time with many wonderful, emotional family reunions. This year, about 660,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport over the course of the Christmas season, from Friday, December 20 to Thursday, January 2, 2014. This is a 4% increase over the same period last year.
Friday, December 20 is expected to be the busiest day before Christmas with more than 70,000 passengers due to arrive and depart through both terminals, while Friday, December 27 is expected to be the busiest day after Christmas particularly with passengers heading to skiing destinations.
Once again, the Dublin Airport campus and terminal buildings have been decorated to give a special atmosphere to the airport over this festive season. The terminals are decked with 88,000 led lights, which use less significantly less electricity than traditional lighting, 102 Christmas trees, 780 snowflakes and five Santas.
More than 800 carol singers from local schools and choirs will perform in both terminals in the days leading up to Christmas bringing a true ‘Cead Mile Failte’ to the many thousands of Irish people coming home for the Christmas holidays and to those from overseas visiting friends and family in Ireland.
To help passengers have a smooth journey through the airport this Christmas season, Dublin Airport has the following six key tips:
1. PASSENGERS SHOULD CHECK WHICH TERMINAL THEY ARE DEPARTING FROM
Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways, Emirates and ALL American carriers operate from Terminal 2 while all other airlines operate from Terminal 1.
2. EU AVIATION LIQUID REGULATIONS – 100ML RULE
EU aviation liquid regulations are still in place, so passengers are reminded to pack gifts in bottles or containers measuring more than 100ml into their checked-in luggage. Details can be found here.
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 checked-in luggage. Christmas Crackers may be brought through the passenger security screening area provided the novelty gifts inside are not sharp or 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. A Dublin Airport spokesperson 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 otherwise they may be disappointed if they are requested to open them at the passenger security screening area."
5. CHECK-IN ADVICE
Passengers should plan to arrive in the terminal building at least 90 minutes before their flight departure time irrespective of whether they are checking-in on line or at the airport.
6. ROAD TRAFFIC
Finally, passengers travelling this Christmas season are also advised to allow extra time to get to the airport in the event of road congestion to ensure they comply with check-in and airport security regulations.
While the 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, a spokesperson said. "We are asking passengers to prepare for security screening by removing outer jackets, belts, keys, coins and laptops from cases so that security searches are kept to a minimum.”
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