Dublin Airport staff will only move passengers arriving too early to a new designated “holding area” outside the terminal if a queue begins to form during times of congestion.

Graeme McQueen, Media Relations Manager at Dublin Airport, said staff would move people to the hold zone if there was a “number buildup” in the airport terminal column.

The airport operator, DAA, expects approximately 46,000 passengers to leave the airport on Thursday. This was close to what we expected every day on a bank holiday weekend.

Approximately 250,000 passengers will travel to the airport between Thursday and Monday.

People passed the airport in less than an hour, and departing passengers took less than 30 minutes to pass Terminal 1, McQueen told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

If there is a line in the terminal and it spills out, staff will check your boarding card or booking confirmation and guide premature arrivals to the hold area.

Airport operators say they plan to install it in the storage area for the next few days in case bad weather covers, seats and toilets are needed.

“This isn’t to keep people unnecessarily. We only do this when absolutely necessary. The overall goal is to ensure that no one misses the plane this weekend,” McQueen said. I am saying.

More than 1,000 people missed the plane due to a shortage of roster staff that forced the airport to close its security lanes due to a prolonged delay last Sunday.

Short-haul passengers should arrive two and a half hours before departure, and long-haul passengers should arrive three and a half hours before departure.

If you check in your bag, we recommend that you arrive an additional hour in advance.

McQueen said the airport is confident that passengers can stick to the recommended arrival times and allow passengers to pass “in sufficient time” if no containment area is needed.

Ground staff will monitor the increase in numbers. The purpose of the emergency response plan was to prevent premature arrivals from arriving at the airport at the right time and then giving a “knock-on-impact” to those who missed the plane.

“If it takes too long, this plan will start and the team on the ground will make a decision and tell it to the passengers on the ground,” he said.

“We also aim to do so through social media.”