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Bluefin

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Passed through Dublin Airport.. Took only 20 mins from parking car in short term carpark to my departure gate..a total breeze. Ryanair where advising 2.5 hrs. Getting onto plane was perfect but departing plane everyone jumped off there seats to leave..no orderly queue.
Plane quite full...
 

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We are travelling to Portugal at the end of September, and will also be leaving from Portugal, but we have also booked 3 nights across the border in Spain, having looked at websites for travel to Spain regarding filling in a location form, there seems to be none if you are crossing the border by car, is this correct, or will we be stopped at the border by police?
Apologies for my delay in answering this. When you fill in your travel details on the Passenger Location Form your Final Destination is asked for. Therefore, you'll be transiting through Portugal for Spain and back again to Portugal.

This is where it gets confusing - You are travelling back to Portugal from Spain before your return to Ireland? I have to be honest and say I can't remember what part of the form (if any) you should fill in.

But, the Passenger Locator Forum for Spain is pretty detailed with several pages of information (much more detailed than the same form for entry to Ireland). It can only be completed 48 hours before departure time so don't leave it until the last minute.
 

Shelby219

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Apologies for my delay in answering this. When you fill in your travel details on the Passenger Location Form your Final Destination is asked for. Therefore, you'll be transiting through Portugal for Spain and back again to Portugal.

This is where it gets confusing - You are travelling back to Portugal from Spain before your return to Ireland? I have to be honest and say I can't remember what part of the form (if any) you should fill in.

But, the Passenger Locator Forum for Spain is pretty detailed with several pages of information (much more detailed than the same form for entry to Ireland). It can only be completed 48 hours before departure time so don't leave it until the last minute.
Thanks for the reply, do you know if vehicle traffic is being stopped at the border into Spain from Portugal, or will the hotel in Spain look for information when we check in, just to clarify we are travelling by return Dublin to Faro for a few weeks, but have booked a 3 night hotel stay in Spain during this time ( from 2020)
 

Leper

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Thanks for the reply, do you know if vehicle traffic is being stopped at the border into Spain from Portugal, or will the hotel in Spain look for information when we check in, just to clarify we are travelling by return Dublin to Faro for a few weeks, but have booked a 3 night hotel stay in Spain during this time ( from 2020)
I don't know if cars are being stopped on the Portuguese/Spain border, but I suspect they are. Also, I would say the hotel won't be interested in anything other than taking your credit card details.
 

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What is this all about?
I read the article too and this should not happen under any circumstances.

I believe Dublin Airport is too small for the air traffic it handles while Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Knock are empty and devoid of flights for most of every day. It's time the DAA released some flights to other airports. Or better again, if Cork Airport can shed its Dublin owners (DAA) perhaps Ireland would be served better?
 

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Flew out from terminal 2 a couple of weeks ago, we had fast pass. The fastpass checkin was closed and we were told by DAA employee that they were operating with a skeleton staff and couldn’t man it. It was a Sunday.
 

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I hear that it has been like this for most of this week. I know of someone who was in the Airport at 3.45 am during this week and it was chaos.
What is this doing for the prevention of spreading Covid. I am sure that most of these same people who are in the queues want all restrictions lifted . I will not be anywhere near Dublin Airport this year at the very least.
 

seamus m

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Travelled a lot lately havnt even thought about covid, most people keeping to themselves .I do think ryanair policy of splitting families or people travelling together in this covid era a joke
 

seamus m

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Also been to Denmark (similar pop) covid numbers not changing between 700 to 1000 last couple of months .No masks ,No massive pushing for vaccine although easily got .Fully opened .Difference is u need a valid antigen test which is readily available and free to go in anywhere .Weekly I think, this is they way forward.
 

Cavanbhoy

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I read the article too and this should not happen under any circumstances.

I believe Dublin Airport is too small for the air traffic it handles while Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Knock are empty and devoid of flights for most of every day. It's time the DAA released some flights to other airports. Or better again, if Cork Airport can shed its Dublin owners (DAA) perhaps Ireland would be served better?
There seems to be a bit of a standoff between staff/unions and management over roosters. Appears to be mainly in terminal one
 

Leper

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There seems to be a bit of a standoff between staff/unions and management over roosters. Appears to be mainly in terminal one
1. I don't think unions were involved in this one (I am open to correction).
2. Furthermore, I don't think "roosters" were involved. (You might want to correct spelling?).
3. From what I hear management got weekend rosters wrong.
4. Will this happen again? Almost certainly! Dublin Airport is too big and many of its flights need to be devolved to other airports.
 

Loki1974

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Queuing to get on plane. Queuing to get off plane. No social distancing. Transfer to terminal on packed bus. Queuing at passport control.

A family member flew through Malaga recently. All inbound planes being directed to one area. Two large Jumbo type planes from Middle East off loaded at same time his flight was being off loaded. Airside packed. Non airside practically empty.

These are the things that put me off.
I flew out to Malaga last week and was horrified with the situation . Loads of young lads were not wearing masks on the flight including two sitting beside me . I had to ask to be moved before takeoff . I was allowed to move after takeoff and got a new seat . However once the food was served , masks stayed off for a lot of people until we nearly landed . It is nonsense that airlines , certainly this one in particular are looking out for you. The airhostess will not confront people not wearing masks . That is absolutely my experience anyway
 

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What is this doing for the prevention of spreading Covid.
We would love to get away. It is the travel bit that is worrying us, not the destination. We can keep to ourselves, choose to eat outdoors, avoid crowds when we arrive. However we cannot avoid Dublin Airport and it's queues, the yobs on the flight etc.

This type of thing should not be happening at Dublin Airport. They know how many flights they have and how many people will be flying and when. People panicking because of security delays and they let their guard down as they rush to catch their flight.

The apology from Dublin Airport is meaningless.
 

kinnjohn

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I traveled around Bavaria in Germany last week I am Travelling around Tyrol in Austria this week, very few wearing masks except on public transport, all very relaxed about Covit, they don't seem to mind if the children get covid, you would think they want them to get covid by there actions, Swimming pools operating at full capacity, full of children and adults, little or no social distancing worth talking about,
 

joe sod

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There seems to be a bit of a standoff between staff/unions and management over roosters. Appears to be mainly in terminal one
Would it not be more to do with the fact that the airport was basically closed for 18 months, now they don't have the staff when some sort of normality resumes. This is the price we are paying for our ultra cautious approach. You can't just switch back on an airport like Dublin back to full capacity. The government were warned about this
 

joer

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The Airport should have been ready for this too, don't you think. I don't think it is a government problem .
 

almostthere

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I hope to resume flying to European destinations in Spring 2022. However I will be flying in to the smaller airports rather than the busy ones.
I am trying to remember the various airports that I have flown in to in the past (mainly Ryanair) but cannot remember any detail.

So, hopefully someone can help me here. I am looking at the smaller airports. Those with one terminal. Maybe one runway. The type where you can walk to the terminal from the plane and are not squashed like sardines in to a small bus that drives 500 yds. Absolutely hated these before Covid but even worse during Covid).

I would be looking at Ryanair destinations and some Aer Lingus destinations in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain....Portugal.....others?

I am looking for one, where I basically get off the plane, through passport control to a bus stop outside the door of the terminal to a waiting bus to take me to my destination.
 
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