March 14, 2018 Back to all news

Lá Fhéile Shona ó Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath

Almost one third of a million passengers will pass through Dublin Airport over the St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend.

The airport is expecting more than 323,000 passengers to arrive and depart from Friday 16 to Monday March 19, which is a 3% increase compared to last year. 

Passengers will be arriving for the St Patrick’s Festival celebrations, and travelling to and from the Six Nations rugby game in Twickenham. 

A variety of musical entertainment is scheduled for passengers flying in for St. Patrick’s Day, with singing from Portmarnock Community School students, Mary Queen of Ireland National School and the Home Farm Monday Club Choir. 

Both terminals have been festooned with decorations to celebrate Ireland’s national day, and the airport is again taking part in the Global Greening initiative. 

“Ten separate areas around the airport campus are going green, including Terminal 1 and 2 and also the airport’s iconic original 1940s passenger terminal,” said Dublin Airport spokesperson Siobhán O’Donnell.

 “This is our fifth year to participate in the Global Greening and we’re greening even more locations around the airport campus this year to bring the St. Patrick’s Festival to life.”

Dublin Airport has welcomed more than 3.8 million passengers in the first two months of the year, which is a 5% increase on the same period in 2017. 

Dublin Airport has the following advice for passengers travelling this weekend:

Passengers are advised to check which terminal their flight is departing from BEFORE leaving home. Aer Lingus, Emirate, Norwegian's transatlantic services and all the US carriers operate from Terminal 2, while all other airlines operate from Terminal 1.

Passengers should plan to arrive at the terminal building at least 90 minutes before their flight departure time irrespective of whether they are checking in from home or at the airport. Some airlines advise passengers to arrive earlier than 90 minutes at busier times; passengers should consult their airline’s website before travelling to the airport.

EU Aviation Security regulations concerning liquids over 100mls are still in place. In this regard passengers are required to present liquids in containers measuring 100ml or LESS in a transparent resealable bag measuring no more than 20cm x 20cm SEPARATELY at security screening.  Further details can be found on

Passengers are also advised to prepare for security screening in advance by removing large electrical items such as laptops from cases, belts, outer jackets, umbrellas and sharp objects from hand luggage and present separately in the tray at security screening to avoid unnecessary delays.

Dublin Airport will have Customer Care teams on duty across both terminals this Bank Holiday weekend to help passengers with their journey through the airport.