Don't work there but when the runway reopened this morning the main airm was to get as many planes off the ground as most stands were full. They said there would be delayes for incoming aircraft to get to stands.
Having looked at the link on EI321's post, either Declan Collier is talking a good game or we could see a few new arrivals in DUB in the next 2 years. Any bets as to who the Gulf Carriers who have "huge interest" in coming aboard T2 are? A return for Gulf Air to Dublin? There are still rumours doing the rounds about Emirates so they could be a runner. And Oman Air's CEO Peter Hill said last month that they are "looking at another European country but this could not be revealed at the present time". Might having been talking about us though he did not mention any expansion plans into North America. Their all A330 long-haul fleet would easily be able to cope with DUB's runway irrespective of whether going to Muscat or the States.
Does anyone have any idea also if the perspective airlines would stop in Dublin on the way back to the Middle East / Asia / Africa or is that only on the way over to avail of the Customs Clearance? If it's the latter, then I guess we won't be getting a pletoria of new destinations after all!
More problems for Ryanair passengers arriving back to Dublin form Wroclaw tonight. The flight has being delayed by 14 hours and is now due in Dublin at around 14:00 on Dec 23. Delay is due to freezing fog in Wroclaw and the crew are now out of hours. Another FR flight to Glasgow and a Wizz Air flight to Cork have also beiing grounded.
Flights suspended at Dublin since 18:30. Not expected to reopen until 23:00. According to Ryanair passengers travling tomorrow can expect:
Ireland - Dublin - Fog delays expected Germany - Widespread snow, delays and cancellations possible at all airports Belgium - Brussels Charleroi - Snow, delays and cancellations possible France - Paris Beauvais - Snow, delays and cancellations possible Poland - Widespread snow, delays and cancellations possible at all airports
Safety is Dublin Airport’s key priority at all times and we only ever suspend operations for safety reasons.
As soon as our regular safety checks deem it unsafe for an aircraft to land or to take off, we have to suspend flight operations. We then work to clear the snow and ice as quickly AS possible, but we only ever resume flight operations when it is safe to do so.
We are acutely aware of passengers’ frustration, particularly at this time of year, but we have to put their safety and the safety of the crews who fly the aircraft, first at all times. Safety guidelines are constant, 365 days of the year.
Our staff are currently working around the clock to ensure that as many people as possible can get home or away for Christmas. It would be preferable if Ryanair focussed all its energies in joining the other airlines and service providers at the airport, in helping us all meet this objective.
Safety is the Dublin Airport Authority’s key priority and we would hope that it is Ryanair’s as well.
The days before the airport closed the DAA managed to clear 90,000 tunnies of snow. I think Credit where Credit is due, passengers at the airport today were even saying that they done everything possible to keep the runways open. I do accept that more investment is needed and the T2 add was a complete waste of money. Even tonight 15,000 tonnes has to be removed.
Dublin Bus will operate Air link services until 10:30am on Christmas Day if the airport is open.
Ryanair and Aer Lingus expect to operate until about 6am on Christmas Day. A final decision will be made on weather to open on Dec 25 by the airlines and the DAA lather today.
Passengers who are completely stranded will be allowed to stay in the airport on Christmas Day.
In Feb 2009 the airport was closed because DAA were incapable of ensuring they were able to clear the snow and enable safe movement around the airport, this happened last winter and yet again this winter.
Fact is other airports across Europe are more than capable of putting in the investment to ensure continued operations while DAA do the minimum.
IF safety is a priority then why have they not been investing in it.