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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Dublin Aiport, Aer Lingus and Brussels Airport

A recent article in the Irish Times stated that Dublin Aiport is the second worst in European in terms of punctuality. This is according to published figures from the Association of European Airlines (AEA).

Up to recently, I'd not been a frequent traveller through Dublin Airport, and I hadn't experienced any delays worth mentioning as I travelled through the airport. However, I accepted an assignment in Brussels, which means flying via Aer Lingus through Brussels main airport. And after only 6 weeks of this, I'm already at the end of my tether.

The service and punctuality is frankly appalling, and from talking to other, seasoned travellers, it's been this dire for a long time. Departure time is 9.20 p.m. from Brussels airport on a Friday evening, but it's not unheard of for passengers to arrive at the departures gate only to be informed that the plane hasn't even left Dublin yet.

I am amazed that this terrible service exists between the capitals of Ireland and Europe. Firstly, that a flight is scheduled so late in the evening, as opposed to a sensible 6 or 7 pm. Secondly, that this level of service is allowed continue. (So far, based on my experiences, they have a 100% rate of being late by 35 mins or more). Surely, enough politicos regularly travel on this service to have kicked up a fuss at some stage.

Maybe Aer Lingus were already paving the way for Ireland to leave the E.U. long before we rejected the Lisbon Treaty in June?

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