Passengers Should Be Flown Into Shannon Airport And ‘Rent’ A Car To Dublin, Fianna Fail TD Says

Fianna Fail TD Cathal Crowe has advised that incoming passengers should be flown into smaller airports and bused to Dublin.

The TD’s claims come as the committee heard that 4,200 bags are currently lying unclaimed at the capital’s airport.

Deputy Crowe spoke extensively about his fears regarding Dublin airports capacity, and its ability to run as needed.

Fianna Fail TD Cathal Crowe has advised that incoming passengers should be flown into smaller airports and bused to Dublin. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Speaking to Newstalk on Tuesday, Mr Crowe believes the solution to the country’s travel concerns lies within our smaller airports.

‘I think the solution largely lies in scheduling some of these flights out of Shannon and perhaps Cork. I’ve visited all three major airports in Ireland over recent weeks… We’ve Dublin still trying to wrap their arms around 3.1 million or so passengers this month.’

‘We’re a small island – this isn’t the United States or Australia – it would be very feasible, simple and cheap to fly somebody into one of those other airports. Then they can rent a car or bus their way around to the other parts,’ he reasoned.

The TD’s claims come as the committee heard that 4,200 bags are currently lying unclaimed at the capital’s airport. Pic: Shutterupire/Shutterstock

‘We are an island nation, I don’t think Dublin should be – they’re commercially trying to drive all of this traffic through, and really struggling to provide for them.’

Deputy Crowe claims they were approached by Dublin Airport Authorities, who say there have been changes made in Dublin to better streamline the system.

‘They came all guns blazing, telling us there’s improvements – now what is an improvement? If you take May 29th of this year, 1,400 people missed flights that day.’

Queues at Dublin Airport
Deputy Crowe spoke extensively about his fears regarding Dublin airports capacity, and its ability to run as needed. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

‘They’re telling us it’s improved since then, I’m sure it has – there’s less flights being missed, but still people are missing flights. There’s 270 bags a day being misplaced, but there have been increases in terms of recruiting security staff.’

‘So things are improving in Dublin, but overall I think it’s really damaged the reputation of Ireland Inc this summer.’

The committee was told it could take up to a month and a half to get through the backlog of bags currently lying unclaimed at Dublin Airport.

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