Dublin Airport Security Queues: Exact Time to Arrive Before a Flight & Tips to Avoid Holiday Chaos

Some tourists traveling through Dublin Airport face long queues at security checkpoints.

Over the weekend, disgruntled passengers said lines stretched outside the building and into the parking lot.

Some claimed that it took them around 70 minutes to get through the security check at Terminal 2 of the airport.

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Dublin airport has hired new security staff in recent weeks after it struggled to cope with delays of up to three hours since air travel returned to full capacity in March this year.

But after several weeks of improvements, travelers took to social media to once again complain about stressful security delays.

Among them was comedian Dara O Briain, who wrote on Twitter: “Even more crazy queues trying to fly out of Dublin. However, it is important to say that, Dublin Airport, you must be on your knees, thanking your staff for the patience and charm with which they are handling this mess you have gotten them into.

“In T2, it stretched from the building to the rental car area, so probably over an hour, 70 minutes, just to get through security. Obviously check in online and skip that line also”.



Queues at Dublin airport this morning – @keithbunyan

A DAA spokesman told the Irish Mirror it was a “busy weekend” and advised passengers to arrive at the airport in plenty of time before their flight.

Graeme McQueen said: “It was another busy weekend at Dublin Airport but queues moved well at security. We thank passengers for continuing to work with us as we move into the busy summer season and remember everyone traveling in the coming days and weeks to arrive at the airport in plenty of time before their flight.”

Dublin Airport tips to avoid security queue chaos, including exact arrival time

Dublin Airport has issued a notice to passengers traveling through it in the coming weeks.

Anyone traveling on short-haul flights to Europe or the UK must arrive up to two and a half hours before departure. However, short-haul passengers departing after 8:30 am are advised not to arrive before 6:00 am

Meanwhile, long-haul passengers must arrive at Dublin Airport up to three and a half hours before departure.

Security at Terminal 1 is open 24 hours, while security at Terminal 2 opens at 4am.

Whenever possible, passengers should check in online before traveling to the airport. Airline check-in counter and bag drop times vary, so passengers should contact their airline to confirm and plan their trip accordingly.

At the moment, peak security times may occur at Terminal 1 between 5am and 8am for morning flights, and at Terminal 2 between 5am and 12 noon for morning flights. and early in the afternoon. Terminal 1 has a second peak Security schedule between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm for night flights. Weekends (especially bank holiday weekends) can be busy all day.

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