October 25, 2023 Back to all news

Around 405,000 passengers are set to travel through Dublin Airport over the October bank holiday weekend.

Friday is expected to be the busiest day of the period with 109,000 passengers arriving and departing from Dublin Airport, with just under 60,000 departing on the day . Saturday and Sunday will be equally busy departure days with just shy of 55,000 departing from the national airport each day.

Over the course of the mid-term break (*Friday October 27 – Sunday November 5) it is expected that just under 1 million passengers (950,000) will travel through Dublin Airport, with London and Amsterdam the most popular European destinations and New York and Chicago the most popular transatlantic destinations.

Passengers traveling during this busy period, including families embarking on mid-term getaways, are recommended to arrive at their terminal of departure two hours in advance of a short-haul flight and three hours prior to a long-haul flight.

Dublin Airport's newly appointed Managing Director, Gary McLean, expressed his enthusiasm for the airport's preparations for the bustling October Bank Holiday and Mid-Term Break, saying:

"Passengers traveling during the Bank Holiday weekend and mid-term break can look forward to a seamless journey through Dublin Airport. Our security processing times have been consistently under 20 minutes for several months now, and we have introduced a wide range of new food and beverage outlets in both terminals. We have also added extra seating, enhanced our free Wi-Fi services, and introduced more phone charging facilities to ensure you stay connected before your flight”.

“Demand for parking at the airport is high for the coming weekend, so passengers are advised to book online in advance of traveling. Passengers are also encouraged to consider alternate ways of traveling to and from the airport, including by bus, taxi, or drop-off. We look forward to welcoming all passengers traveling this weekend and wish everyone a pleasant trip” said Gary McLean.


Passenger Advice:

  • Dublin Airport recommends that passengers prepare for security in advance and make their way directly to the passenger security screening area once checked in to ensure the smoothest journey possible.
  • While Dublin Airport has started the roll-out of new enhanced C3 scanners in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, the rules around liquids remain the same, and passengers must continue to prepare for security as normal.
  • To help prepare for the security screening process, passengers should read the handy tips and advice on the Dublin Airport website.
  • Travelers are reminded that EU security regulations state that liquids over 100ml cannot be brought through the security screening area. Liquids under 100ml are allowed and should be placed in a single transparent, re-sealable bag measuring not more than 20cm x 20cm. Exemptions are in place for medicines and baby food.
  • Passengers are recommended to check which terminal their flight is departing from prior to arriving at the airport.