Dublin Airport Authority CEO Dalton Philips
On The Pat Kenny Show, DAA Chief Executive Dalton Philips said:
“I don’t expect the holding areas to be in place this weekend. don’t expect it to be in place.”
“If people are coming two-and-half or three-and-a-half hours before their flights as we have said, it should flow well.
“There will be periods when queuing could be up to an hour but if we have to introduce a back-up contingency – which we didn’t have last Sunday – we will have this contingency where we will say, sorry sir you’re in the queue for a flight that’s in seven hours’ time we are just going to ask you to hold.”
“It will be a covered facility. It will be a little bit temporary as we start off, but it will be covered and we will have restroom facilities there.
“It’s not ideal but what I don’t want is somebody who comes in on time to find they can’t get to the front of the queue because there are many people there who have been there from six or seven hours before.
“I understand why people are coming so early. They are spooked because we have let them down, but we’ve just got to manage this until we can restore people’s confidence again.
Dublin Airport does not expect to use the new outdoor holding areas (Newstalk)
Dublin Airport Authority CEO Dalton Philips arrives at Leinster House this afternoon to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee.
Passengers that arrive too early for their flights will be asked to wait in a passenger holding area, with special consideration being given to those passengers who require special assistance and those Important Flyers travelling with autism.
For departing passengers, access to the appropriate terminals will be controlled and will require the presentation of documentation indicating the time of flight such as a booking confirmation or boarding card.
Daa said it will put in place bad weather cover, seating, and toilets in the holding area as quickly as possible in the coming days following trialling of the system over the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
The operator says following these incremental measures it is confident it has a robust plan and it does not envisage a repeat of what occurred last Sunday.
Daa predictions over post-Covid recovery ‘wildly wrong’ (RTE)
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan arriving at Dublin Castle for yesterday evening’s meeting of the Cabinet
Ah, forget it….
PASSENGERS at Dublin airport will continue to face disruption today as a strike by taxi drivers there enters its second day.
The strike which began yesterday has forced passengers arriving at the airport to rely on public transport and private cars for their onward journeys. August is one of the busiest months at the airport.
The row involves 70 taxi spaces in a holding area of the airport that have been taken back by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).
John Usher, president of the Irish Taxi Federation, said DAA staff had moved in overnight to take the spaces. He said drivers were left with no option but to pull services when they were given parking tickets by gardaí after being forced to stop on the main road.
Airport taxi strike in dispute over spaces to continue today (Joanne Hunt, Irish Times)
(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)