No Dublin in­crease for Emi­rates due to air­port dif­fi­cul­ties

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Evans

ENDA Corneille, head of Emi­rates air­lines in Ireland, has said that plans to in­crease the num­ber of flights from two a day to three are on hold due to is­sues with Dublin Air­port.

He said that Emi­rates had a very good re­la­tion­ship with the Dublin Air­port Author­ity (DAA), but that it needed new in­fras­truc­ture.

“There are a num­ber of pain points al­ready in T2,” he said. “One of which is around the US cus­toms. We be­lieve that can be sorted through more in­ten­sive se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy to smooth peo­ple through.

“The other pain point, which also doesn’t af­fect Emi­rates, is that 6am to 7.30 win­dow in the morn­ing where the short-haul car­ri­ers need to get the first wave out on time.”

He ex­pressed surprise that the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the DAA, Dalton Philips, feels that Dublin can ac­com­mo­date al­most dou­ble the num­ber of pas­sen­gers it cur­rently car­ries.

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