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Army to Leave Dublin Airport as Issues are Resolved

The Army is due to leave Dublin Airport later this month after being put on standby to deal with any further queue problems which had led to more than 1,000 passengers missing flights in May.

The army had been put in place following an intervention on 06 July by Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan.

However, DAA’s head of communications, Kevin Cullinane said there has been no need to call on the Defence Forces for help since it was put on standby.

Speaking to The Irish Times yesterday, Mr Cullinane said: “We can confirm that the agreement in place with the Department of Defence is due to expire on August 15th and at the time of responding DAA has not requested any extension. While the Defence Forces are trained for vehicle checkpoint duty and have been on standby since July 6th, DAA has not had reason to call on their services.”

Kevin Cullinane, DAA.

Mr Cullinane said DAA is making ‘good progress’ in cutting the amount of time passengers take to negotiate security screening at Dublin Airport. He said 99 per cent of passengers got through security in under 30 minutes in the last week of July and 100 per cent did so in 45 minutes. He linked this to ‘phenomenal efforts’ by staff and the ‘ongoing recruitment of new airport security officers’.

Dublin Airport is continuing to advise passengers to arrive two and a half hours in advance for a short-haul flight, three and a half hours for a long-haul flight and to add an additional hour if checking in a bag. “This passenger advice remains under constant review and DAA looks forward to reducing the advised arrival times when the time is right,” Mr Cullinane said.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.

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