Updated: 03/08/17 : 11:03:56
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Major delays at Dublin Airport expected for holidaymakers - UPDATED

Holidaymakers heading to Dublin Airport this weekend are being advised to arrive at least three hours before their flight.

400,000 people are expected to pass through the Airport this bank holiday weekend.

Heightened security checks are being blamed for major delays at European borders at the moment.

Irish Travel Agents want a meeting with the Department of Justice to highlight the problem.

The President of their Association is Cormac Meehan: “Dublin airport is certainly very proficient in how it processes people.”

However, he said that extra staff could alleviate the delays.

“There is a flight delay in terms of the passport checks on the way in and that certainly could be beefed up and we’ve made recommendations to the Department of Justice to improve staffing levels at that particular channel,” he added.

UPDATE:

Paul O'Kane, Chief Communications Officer at Dublin Airport has contacted Sligo Today stating, "this story and headline are incorrect."

Mr O'Kane continued, "Dublin Airport is not expecting major delays this weekend.

"The extra passport checks mentioned in the story are in place at airports within the Schengen Area and do not apply in Dublin as Ireland is not in Schengen.

"For European flights, Dublin Airport advises that passengers should continue to arrive 90 minutes beforehand and allow an extra 30 mins if parking a car. Passengers should allow longer for long-haul flights and should also check with their airline."

Sligo Today is happy to publish this clarification.