Dublin Airport is being evacuated again this morning after a suspicious package was found in the arrivals hall, gardaí said.
The suspect package was discovered shortly before 8pm. The airport is currently being evacuated and the Army bomb disposal unit is on its way to the scene. All roads to the airport have been closed off.
Vincent Wall, spokesman for Dublin Airport Authority, confirmed that a security operation was under way.
“Everybody on what we call the land side of the building, anybody who hasn’t checked in to passenger security, has now either been evacuated or is being evacuated from the terminal building to the emergency assembly points,” he said.
“It’s been done because of a suspect device that’s been spotted in the arrivals hall of the building.
“Fortunately, people are being very patient, calm and understanding. It is an orderly evacuation to the normal emergency assembly points in the car parks and in other open areas,” he added.
It is the second major alert at the airport in four days.
On Tuesday, some 9,000 passengers and 50 flights were disrupted when a man walked into the arrivals hall and allegedly claimed he was carrying a bomb.
The man was arrested and later charged while te threat was declared a hoax after Army bomb experts examined baggage he was carrying.
Mr Wall advised passengers to travel as normal but to expect delays.
“All I can say is that when this happened the other day flights were delayed, so anybody who may be worried that they’re going to miss their flight shouldn’t worry about that and perhaps keep listening to updated information,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the airport said flights were continuing to land during the scare.
“The Garda Siochana are in full control of the situation at Dublin Airport and an update will be provided as soon as possible,” she said.
“No passengers have been injured in the evacuation.
“Currently flights are landing but there is no access to the terminal building at this point in time.
“The Army bomb disposal team are expected shortly.”
She added: “Today’s flight schedule is expected to be disrupted and an update will provided throughout the day.”
A spokeswoman later said the Army bomb disposal team had arrived and around 20 planes with passengers on board were currently stranded.
The Automobile Association (AA) advised motorists not to travel to or near the airport.
Cars have been abandoned on the Old Airport Road, which remains open, and on the M1 slip road, which has now been closed, according to AA spokeswoman Alison Byrne.
She advised drivers to take diversions put in place and not to leave cars behind.
“It’s dangerous for people to be getting out of their cars and walking to the terminals, which are closed anyway,” she said. “There is no pedestrian or vehicular access.”
Traffic is continuing to move both northbound and southbound on the M1, she added.