Two Passengers Per Hour Refused Boarding To Aircraft At Irish Airports Due To Initial Problems With COVID-19 Certs Or Pandemic Travel Documentation
Two passengers per hour were refused boarding to aircraft at Irish airports due to initial problems with COVID-19 certificates or pandemic travel documentation.
As reported by The Irish Independent, one airport source revealed that 30 passengers were initially declined travel in one day across all Irish airports in July.
However, the majority were reportedly able to travel within 12 hours once documentation or test issues were resolved, and numbers refused travel have reportedly decreased dramatically fallen as people adapt to the documentation demands. Just three people were reportedly declined travel on one day in August.
Problems reported reportedly included individuals attempting to travel with antigen COVID-19 test certificates when their destination country required a specific PCR test, and individuals having COVID-19 tests that were time expired for international travel.
The source reportedly said, "What people need to realise is that if you are vaccinated and have the vaccine certificates to prove that, it makes everything so much easier."
Poised To Extend Financial Support For Irish Aviation Sector
The government is reportedly now poised to extend financial support for the Irish aviation sector into 2022 as vaccination programmes have reportedly so far failed to deliver a significant recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Worst Fallout From Pandemic Across Europe
Irish airports have reportedly experienced the worst fallout from the pandemic across Europe in 2021 to date, with passenger traffic reportedly being down by 93.5%, which is reportedly the biggest decline on pre-pandemic levels that has been recorded in the EU.
Dublin Airport Statistics
Dublin Airport reportedly recorded 2,981 flights in May, which was reportedly down 86% on May of 2019.
It reportedly recovered slightly in June, with 4,767 flights, which was reportedly a decline of 77.6% on the 21,299 flights that were registered in June of 2019.
Passenger numbers are reportedly now at an average of 25,000 per week at Dublin Airport, which is reportedly a little over a fifth of what the airport would normally handle in July and August when there are 125,000 weekly travellers.
Cork Airport Runway Closure And Christmas And Summer 2022 Expectations
However, as reported earlier, Dublin Airport will receive a boost from September 13, with the bulk of Cork Airport’s traffic set to divert to the capital's airport while Cork Airport closes for a ten-week runway upgrade programme.
A spokesperson reportedly said, "Cork expects a strong Christmas after the runway reconstruction serving VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic and a very strong rally in airline and passenger numbers for summer 2022."
Shannon Airport Statistics
Shannon Airport reportedly experienced a 73% decline in aircraft traffic in 2020, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).
Shannon Airport passenger numbers reportedly decreased by 79% last year, but the airport has been boosted by an expanded Ryanair flight programme this summer that includes services to the UK, Spain and Eastern Europe.
Delays In Getting Through Security Screenings Areas At Dublin Airport
The above news coincides with news that Dublin Airport has apologised to passengers for lengthy delays in getting through its security screening areas on the morning of Sunday August 29.
As reported by rte.ie, a number of people reported queuing for up two hours, and some passengers missed their flights as a result.
Some of those who took to social media reportedly said that very few of the security lanes leading to the departures area were operating on the morning in question, and there were reportedly also reports of delays through the fast-track security service, with some passengers reportedly saying that they were waiting in line for 50 minutes.
Dublin Airport reportedly said it that "experienced lengthy queues for security" on the morning of Sunday August 29, and that "every resource was deployed" to the area to minimise the delays for passengers.
A spokesperson for Dublin Airport and Cork Airport operator DAA reportedly said in a statement that Dublin Airport "sincerely apologises for the obvious inconvenience this has caused".
Dublin Airport said that the situation eased as Sunday went on, with the queues later operating at standard weekend times.
There were reportedly also reports on social media of long delays at Dublin Airport on Saturday August 28.
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