DUBLIN AIRPORT’s inability to carry out its primary function of facilitating flights has once again opened the door for Shannon Airport to capitalise.

Over 1,000 passengers missed their flights at Dublin Airport on Sunday with lengthy tailbacks outside terminal buildings in what were scenes akin to Kabul Airport or the fall of Saigon according to Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND). Over 50,000 passengers were scheduled to depart on Sunday.

Forecasts for passenger levels have been inaccurate, daa’s Media Relations Manager Graeme McQueen said while outlining that 5,000 job applications have been received since the delays over the weekend. Queuing issues first became apparent at Dublin, two months ago.

Ennis based travel advisor, Gearoid Mannion received “a significant number of enquiries” from passengers attempting to change their flights from Dublin Airport as a result. Due to airlines not allowing a change or the destination not being available from other airports, he did run into some difficulties. Use of terminal two as opposed to terminal one, travelling later in the day rather than early morning were among the recommendations from Gearoid for passengers who had to use Dublin.

“It’s a poor reflection on the organisation at Dublin Airport to be honest, there’s no doubt it’s an opportunity for us to capitalise for Shannon Airport, all you have to do in Shannon is from your car and you have passed the check-in desk and security in minutes, there couldn’t be a greater contrast between the experiences,” Gearoid told The Clare Echo.

Management at Shannon Airport have secured new routes such as Corfu and Malta while also adding additional services to existing routes, he noted. “It greater flexibility to travel for nine to eleven days rather than a fortnight, it is hugely advantageous for people buying and selling holidays”.

Key to Shannon benefitting is the support of hinterland counties such as Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Mayo, Offaly and the entire Midlands, he maintained. “We have to grow the hinterland for Shannon, this is a great opportunity to do it, Dublin are shooting themselves in the foot, their misfortune is our opportunity”.

Government need to introduce a cap on the proportion of flights airlines have going into Dublin, Deputy McNamara flagged. He said the practice exists in the Netherlands and needs to be implemented here. “Dublin has a dominance in the market which it has used to squeeze Shannon, Cork and its competitors, that dominance needs to be tackled for the benefit of the State and aviation across the whole State”.

“There’s been a mismanagement of Dublin Airport in the short-term but in the long-term there has been a mismanagement of aviation and aviation policy which has all been completely centralised on Dublin Airport, in the past a far higher proportions were travelling through airports like Shannon and Cork, since then Knock has also been developed, those passengers can take a higher proportion, Dublin will continue to be the biggest airport in the country, it is the biggest city but we’ve seen a massive growth in passenger numbers that hasn’t been mirrored in other airports, we need to rebalance that,” the Scariff native stated.

daa Chief Executive Officer, Dalton Philips and members of his Executive Management Team met with Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan (GP) and Minister of State with responsibility for international transport Hildegarde Naughton (FG) and their officials on Tuesday morning. At the meeting, daa outlined plans to manage the passenger experience this June Bank Holiday weekend and into the extremely busy summer holiday period ahead.

A spokesperson for Dublin Airport said that passengers who missed flights can claim for any out-of-pocket expenses they subsequently had to pay. This will include any costs incurred in changing flights, any overnight accommodation needed if flights were missed, and related taxi or other transport costs to and from hotels. Officials from daa will seek receipts and evidence of flight bookings to substantiate claims.

Related News

judge courtroom
Judge says Dubliner's solo sex act at hotel gym during LGBT weekend 'an aberration of sorts'
le24 election count rita mcinerney 1
'I don't mind a dogfight' - Rita romps to victory in remarkable campaign
ben sweeney 1
Ex Clare FM producer Sweeney hired as new PA to Deputy Crowe
le24 pat keane mary cillian murphy 1
'It is down to party management that we lost a seat in West Clare' - Murphy misses out on second term
Latest News
SOI Press Release photo (1)
Golf will be the talk of the village when the South returns to Lahinch next month
le24 election count rita mcinerney 1
'I don't mind a dogfight' - Rita romps to victory in remarkable campaign
ben sweeney 1
Ex Clare FM producer Sweeney hired as new PA to Deputy Crowe
le24 pat keane mary cillian murphy 1
'It is down to party management that we lost a seat in West Clare' - Murphy misses out on second term
newmarket on fergus v wolfe tones 27-08-23 eoin guilfoyle 1
Back to back defeats for Inamona allows Blues take spot with Clare Cup semi-finalists confirmed
Premium
clare v waterford 19-05-24 ken ralph 2
'We will drive on again' says Clare selector Ralph
clare v kilkenny minor 16-06-24 paul rodgers 1
Clare minors come out wrong side of extra time All-Ireland semi-final thriller with Kilkenny
fiona levie holly cairns 1
Fiona 'bitten by political bug' but 'really disappointed' no woman elected in East Clare
le24 election shane talty 2
Talty triumphant following 'ferocious election campaign'
clare v donegal 15-06-24 2 manus doherty
Drubbing from Donegal ends Clare's involvement in football championship

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top