Passengers face longer delays at our airports

PASSENGERS are facing increasing delays at Ireland’s main airports — with Dublin among Europe’s worst for late flights, figures show.

Almost three in 10 planes are late at Dublin, making the airport the fourth worst in Europe for delays on flights to and from main European cities.

Dublin’s delays are even longer than those at notorious airports such as Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow.

Passengers on late-departing planes leave Dublin 40 minutes behind schedule on average, according to the Association of European Airlines. Customers on late-arriving planes experience a 38-minute delay.

The year before, the delays were longer — 45 minutes for departing aircraft and 38 minutes for arriving flights — but fewer planes were late.

Separate figures from Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show worsening delays at Ireland’s main airports for passengers travelling to and from Britain, an important gateway for Ireland.

Yesterday, travel consultant John G O’Dwyer said the way low-cost airlines operated meant passengers were facing longer delays.

“There’s no time in their schedules to make up for lost time so if there’s a delay earlier in the day, say in Munich, then that will have a knock-on effect to other flights,” he said.

The CAA figures show delays at Dublin worsened in February to 20 minutes on flights to and from Britain, up from 17 minutes in the same month the year before.

Delays at Cork were 16 minutes, up from 14 minutes, and at Shannon were nine minutes, a rise of two minutes. Delays at Galway worsened from 15 minutes to 23 and at Kerry from eight to 26.

Only Knock and Waterford improved, with average delays of nine and three minutes respectively.


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