As the year-end holidays approach, Dublin Airport has revealed that around 850,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this Christmas.
Compared to last year’s arrivals and departures, Dublin Airport will see an increase of 615,000 passengers this year. However, the numbers are still 42 percent lower compared to the same period in 2019 when about 1.5 million people passed through the airport.
However, the airport will continue to see an increase over the coming days, especially by the end of the week, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to data provided by Dublin Airport, from December 17 through January 4, an average of 45,000 passengers are expected to depart and arrive per day, a number that increases significantly compared to the average of 12,000 passengers per day during the Christmas season. last year.
Since many people have already booked their flights, the airport was able to reveal that the busiest day during the Christmas season is expected to be December 19, followed by December 23.
“With the new travel restrictions recently introduced by the Irish government on arrivals to Ireland, this has made passenger expectations more difficult than the usual pre-COVID-19 Christmas forecast, so final passenger numbers may differ if passengers who have already booked decide not to travel,” Dublin Airport explained.
As countries around the world are still trying to contain the additional spread of COVID-19, Dublin Airport has confirmed that all people are required to follow Coronavirus guidelines during their entire trip.
Everyone should wear a mask when in terminal buildings, observe social distancing protocols, and sanitize their hands regularly.
“Passengers are reminded to follow COVID-19 guidelines throughout their entire journey through Dublin Airport. Passengers must wear face masks throughout their journey at the airport (masks are not required for children under 13) and observe social distancing and hygiene etiquette at all times,” Dublin Airport added.
Previously, Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Paul Gevan, confirmed that the country had no plans to change its COVID-19 regulations over the Christmas period. Currently, Irish authorities require all travelers to complete an electronic locator form prior to their arrival.
In addition, all persons over 12 years of age are required to submit a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours or a PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival. The pre-test requirement applies to everyone, even those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
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