Delays at Dublin - Dublin Airport News

Airport news for Dublin on 25/02/2008.

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Dublin Airport experienced restricted flights and a number of delays in its services on Sunday according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The IAA blamed the delays on problems with staffing. According to the aviation group, there was a large number of illnesses on Sunday, particularly among the air traffic controllers and the airport was not able to find staff willing to pick up the shifts.

Air traffic controllers, however, deny that that was the case.

A union spokesperson said that only two controllers reported in sick at Dublin airport on Sunday, and another controller was ill at Shannon. The spokesperson pointed out that it was an unusually busy day traffic wise at Dublin Airport on Sunday, which could also have contributed to the problems.

Airports in Ireland have been experiencing and unusually high numbers of delays this month as problems between air traffic controllers and the IAA continue. Working conditions are at the heart of the conflict, according to many reports.

The IAA said in a public statement that it regrets the inconvenience the delays are causing to both airlines and to passengers. The IAA is advising all passengers flying from Dublin to confirm their flight times with the airline before leaving for the airport.

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