Dublin Airport is expecting its busiest weekend since the start of the pandemic this weekend as many people go on summer vacation.
The trend is expected to continue over the next two months as people take advantage of school closures to take their first trip abroad in two years.
Between now and Monday, around 55,000 passengers will pass through the airport each day, according to Dublin Airports Authority, and these figures will most likely become the average over the summer period.
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A spokesperson for the authority said: “These levels of passengers, which we have been dealing with regularly on weekends and on some days recently, are expected to become the day-to-day norm over the coming weeks as schools separate and that thousands of families are heading abroad for summer vacation.
“The weekend got off to a good start with our first busy wave on Friday morning, our busiest time of the day, seeing passengers pass through security checks at both terminals in less than 30 minutes.”
However, you will need some essential information if you are traveling abroad in the next two months.
Ryanair has confirmed that it expects to see flight disruption across Europe over the next few days.
The airline said disruptions on Saturday and Sunday are expected, mainly in France, Italy and Spain, due to a two-day strike at the French air traffic control center in Marseille.
In a statement, it said: “Ryanair expects disruption on Saturday/Sunday – mainly in France, Italy and Spain – due to a 2-day strike at the French air traffic control center in Marseille which will significantly delay or affect flights crossing French airspace.
Any passengers affected by the air traffic control strike or staff shortages will be notified prior to travel by email or text message.
Ryanair’s Belgian cabin crew will strike until Sunday, while its Portuguese cabin crew said a one-day strike will continue until Sunday.
Ryanair’s Spanish cabin crew have announced a six-day strike. The action will run until July 2.
Spain bans drinks and clothing
Spanish authorities have been dealing with aggressive tourist behavior over the past few years and as a result have introduced new rules for popular destinations.
For example, Playa de Palma has banned people from wearing football shirts in restaurants to discourage drunken behavior.
Meanwhile, some resorts in Magaluf, Playa de Palma and San Antonio in Ibiza have banned all-inclusive deals, bar crawls and happy hour deals.
Amalfi License Plate Rules
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is well known for its narrow roads and outrageous queues throughout the day.
To control the number of passing cars, the local council has introduced a new system of parking number plates.
If your car’s license plate ends in an odd number, you will be able to access the road on odd days, and if your license plate ends in an even number, you will be able to access the road on opposite days.
The new rules will apply from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends from June to the end of September this year.
Barcelona tax on cruises
Anyone planning to visit the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona will now have to pay a tourist tax of up to €3 for a stay of more than 12 hours and €1 for a stay of less than 12 hours.
Those arriving on cruise ships will need to pay this fee and an additional €1.75 supplement, which will be included in the price of your booking.
From the end of June to the end of August, tourists visiting the port city of Marseille will have to apply online for an authorization to access the Calanque de Sugiton and its beach.
Due to the crowds, the workforce will be reduced to 400 people per day.
You can make reservations up to three days in advance via an online QR code system.
A private security company will check them on site.
A cap on the number of times a person can book remains at eight per summer season.
Venice bans cruises
Venice experiences a major influx of tourists throughout the year, and in high season the city can see up to 150,000 visitors per day.
Last year, the government chose to ban large cruise ships from calling at its port.
From 2023, a new rule will be in place that will see daily visitors pay an entry fee of up to €10 per day.
The only people who will be exempt from the pavement are overnight visitors – who already pay a tourist tax of €5 per night.
All passengers are advised to allow 2.5 hours before a short-haul flight and 3.5 hours before a long-haul flight.
If you are checking baggage, check your airline’s check-in and baggage drop-off counter hours and, if possible, allow up to an extra hour to check baggage.
Security in T1 is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While security in T2 opens at 04:00, people traveling from T2 should take this into account.
The Departures road outside Terminal 1 is now closed to all vehicles, so the passenger drop-off has been moved to our Atrium road.
Departing passengers can enter through our Atrium. This change will remain in place for the coming weeks and is to allow covered passenger waiting areas to be installed outside T1 for use if required.
These shelters will be set up and available to accommodate passengers.
Face coverings are not compulsory at airports in Ireland or on board aircraft, although we continue to advise the wearing of face coverings.