Dublin Airport Saturday queues: your hour-by-hour guide to Terminals 1 and 2 busiest departure times


Emergency measures introduced at Dublin Airport helped prevent any repeat of the flight chaos when the Bank Holiday travel rush opened in June – pressure on airport bosses ahead be mitigated by an 11% reduction in the total number of flights for the Saturday peak departure.

However, Terminals 1 and 2 at Dublin Airport are still dealing with heavy passenger numbers at peak times, with the busiest period on Friday expected to see departures between 6am and 7am on Saturday.

Queues at Dublin Airport on Saturday morning were busier than Friday, with long queues at check-in counters stretching the length of Terminal 1.

Passengers David and Stephanie McCoy and their daughter Juliette arrived at the airport at 6.20am, their flight to Paris is at 8.50am.

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Ms McCoy said they had moved “very little” in 40 minutes.

“We were told not to come too early either, so you can’t win anyway.

“I will never leave Dublin Airport again, if I can avoid it. It’s too stressful.

Ms McCoy said the family still had to go through security and feel like they were “miles away”.

Mr McCoy said: ‘The queue is longer than the flight.’

“There must be more efficient ways to move people through airports.”

With an hour and 20 minutes until their flight, Ms McCoy added: ‘I won’t be happy until we’re done.’

No passengers were waiting outside the terminals.

In an update posted to Twitter this morning, Dublin Airport said it had eleven security lanes open as of 4am on Saturday.

“Another busy first wave of departures @DublinAirport We had 11 security lanes open in T1 and 2 from 04:00 with a maximum waiting time of 59 minutes in T1 before 06:00 and 40 minutes in T2. ​​The times waiting times at 06:30 were 30 minutes in T1 and 19 minutes in T2. ​​These can be found on our website and app,” he said.

A plane will take off from Dublin on Saturday morning almost every 90 seconds.

Between the 6am and 7am peak, a total of 36 flights will depart from Dublin – 19 from Terminal 1 and 17 from Terminal 2.

This corresponds precisely to the peak of Friday’s flight departure operations.

The pressure of flights will continue until 8 a.m. with a total of 29 flights scheduled to depart in the previous hour.

Security staff, baggage handlers and passenger handling staff will breathe a sigh of relief as the total number of flight departures on Saturday is 11% below Friday’s peak of 328 departures.

During Saturday’s departure operations at Dublin Airport, a total of 294 flights will take off – 178 from Terminal 1 and 116 from Terminal 2.

Passengers traveling will face two major congestion periods – from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and lately from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., a total of 65 flights will take off.

On the other hand, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., a total of 60 flights will depart from the two terminals.

Terminal 2 will prove to be the quietest passenger facility throughout the day with double-digit flight departures only four times (6am, 7am, 11am and 1pm).

At 8:00 a.m., only one flight will depart from Terminal 2 – while terminal operations will drop to a low figure for the entire afternoon after 4:00 p.m.


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