Busy St Patrick’s Period Ahead for Dublin Airport & Almost 800,000 passengers set to travel over next 12 days

Posted By: Dublin Airport

14th Mar 2022

Almost 800,000 passengers are set to travel through Dublin Airport during the 12-day St Patrick’s Day period this year from March 12 to March 24.

Dublin Airport is expecting passenger numbers to be as high as 77,000 per day between Thursday 17 and Sunday 20 March, with Ireland set to enjoy a unique double bank holiday on Thursday and Friday.  

Following two years of very limited St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Fáilte Ireland is this year preparing to once again welcome visitors to Ireland from all over the world. 

The theme for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebration is ‘CONNECTIONS’. The festival is being proudly sponsored by Dublin Airport, with Ireland inviting the world to reconnect in Dublin after the challenges of the past two years. A whole host of celebrations and activities are set to take place in Dublin over the coming days.

Dublin Airport has the following advice for those travelling during this time:

This coming 12- day period is expected to be the busiest the airport has seen since before Covid. In order to ensure the smoothest journey possible, Dublin Airport is advising passengers to prepare for security in advance and make their way directly to the security screening area once checked in. 

To help prepare for the security screening process, passengers are invited to visit the Security page on the Dublin Airport website here. Travellers are reminded that EU security regulations state that liquids over 100mls cannot be brought through the security screening area. Liquids under 100mls are permitted and should be placed in a transparent, re-sealable bag measuring not more than 20cm x 20cm. Exemptions are in place for medicines and for baby food.

Passengers are also advised to check which terminal their flight is departing from prior to arriving in the airport, which you will be able to find here.  

With passenger numbers increasing and it being the first celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in two years, Dublin Airport continues to advise passengers travelling on short-haul flights to allow a minimum of two hours before the boarding of their flight and three hours for long-haul flights. Those using a long-term car park should allow at least an extra 30 minutes.

Dublin Airport wishes all passengers a safe and celebratory weekend ahead.