Monday 18 February 2019

400,000 jetting off for fun in the sun over bank holiday

A packed beach in Benidorm
A packed beach in Benidorm

Around 400,000 passengers are expected to jet off on holiday from Dublin Airport this weekend - a 4pc increase on last year's August bank holiday figures.

A vast number of travellers are setting off for their summer holiday on the busiest weekend of the year with 2,780 flights arriving and departing across the weekend.

Dublin Airport communications manager Siobhan O'Donnell said: "Large numbers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend, so we're advising passengers to go directly to security screening once they have checked in.

"Both terminals have a wide variety of restaurants and shops beyond the security screening area."


Airport management have asked that passengers familiarise themselves with security screening procedures and prepare in advance to allow swifter movement to departures.

"The addition of 14 new routes and services to our route network this year, coupled with extra frequencies on 39 existing routes, has contributed to the increase in passenger numbers," Ms O'Donnell added.

In the first half of 2018, 855,000 extra passengers made their way through Dublin Airport, with passenger numbers up 6pc to just over 14.7 million in the six months to the end of June.

Passengers have been advised to check which terminal their flight is departing from before leaving home; to arrive at the terminal building at least 90 minutes before their flight , and to check baggage regulations at dublinairport.com before setting off for the airport.

Meanwhile, the great heatwave we enjoyed last month may be over, but experts are advising the public not to pack away the sun cream until after the bank holiday weekend.

Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly said that a blast of rain early this morning in Leinster was expected to depart and conditions would brighten as warmer temperatures prevailed.

Hubert and Julia Brzozowski (3) meet the deer in the Phoenix Park
Hubert and Julia Brzozowski (3) meet the deer in the Phoenix Park

Temperatures will rise to 24C today with the highest in Munster and Leinster. Other areas will experience conditions of around 20C.

"Saturday looks like it will be drier but actually a little bit fresher because we have got something of a slight change of air mass. So, a slightly cooler day, but it is still pleasant though," she said.

There will be light winds and it will be mostly dry, with temperatures reaching between 19C and 22C, so there will be a good degree of sunshine.

Sunday will be similar to Saturday, but temperatures will be up again to about 24C.


"It looks like there could be some rain on Monday, but then becoming mostly dry again, with temperatures reaching 20C in the south-east of the country, but more typically 17C to 18C," she said.

"We are not getting anything like a heatwave. That was one particular weather event; now we are into what we would call generally Irish good summer weather. It has been a phenomenal summer."

The tens of thousands of people flying out from airports around the country to sunnier climes are being warned to be mindful of a blistering heatwave in the Iberian Peninsula.

Ms Donnelly said the area could be in for dangerous conditions this weekend when temperatures are expected to be over 40C with the possibility of 50C inland in parts of Portugal and Spain.

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