Dublin Airport (DUB, EIDW) is an international airport operating in Dublin, Ireland. The airport is in Collinstown, 3km south of a town known as Swords and 7km north of Dublin. Dublin Airport shares the same Eircode routing key area with Collinstown and Swords, with The DAA (Formerly known as the Dublin Airport Authority) overseeing operations at the airport.
2019 was Dublin Airport’s busiest year on record, with over 32 million passengers traveling through the airport. Dublin Airport is the busiest airport in Ireland by total passenger traffic and the 12th busiest airport in Europe. The DAA is introducing three new high-tech fast-track terminals so travelers can avoid Dublin Airport’s crowded terminals. The design of these terminals provides passengers with increased convenience and decreased waiting times while limiting unnecessary human contact.
Dublin Airport is introducing three new fast-track terminals that allow travelers to skip security queues and
expedite their airport journey. Facilipay, an Irish company that provides complex payment solutions across several industries, has developed this technology. Implementing this technology can negate unnecessary hu
man contact while reducing
passenger wait times. Facilipay’s software allows passengers to purchase tickets using a self-service kiosk; this service is available online and at the airport. Passengers can also purchase lounge passes to access the airport’s private lounges or business centers. Facilipay thinks that other Irish airports might implement their tech due to increased passenger traffic.
Facilipay’s Statement Regarding The New Fast-Track Terminals
Facilipay’s managing director, Barry Burren, stated the following:
“At Facilipay, we are driven by a desire to provide innovative digital solutions that enable businesses and organizations to streamline their existing payment channels and create an enhanced experience for their customers. Working with the DAA has allowed us to demonstrate the numerous benefits associated with integrated payment systems – for both the Airport itself, and the thousands of passengers who travel through it each day.
“Through implementing the Fast Track Pass payment solution, departing passengers have been able to optimize their travel experience, by by-passing long queues – allowing them to travel safely through the airport, at a time when this is of paramount importance to many.”
“Consumer enthusiasm for the service is evident, and we look forward to the solution being further expanded in the months ahead. Our aim is to provide innovative payment solutions that help businesses shape the way they accept payments while generating additional revenue streams at the same time, and the Fast Track Pass and Lounge Pass kiosks serve as a magnificent example of this.”
The DAA’s managing director, Vincent Harrison, also had a statement to make regarding the implementation of the new fast-track terminals:
“Our Fast-Track service delivers speed and efficiency which are particularly important for our business passengers. We are delighted to partner with Facilipay to enhance this product, making it even easier for passengers to tailor their travel experience.”
The British Royal Flying Corps chose to build a base in Collinstown during World War I. The Collinstown Aerodrome was almost 20% complete when the Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force. Construction was completed in 1919 when the Irish War of Independence began. The Irish Free Estate was then handed the land and buildings at Collinstown at the end of 1922, with the airfield quickly falling into disrepair as vegetation grew on the runways.
The Executive Council of the Irish Free Estate established Aer Lingus in 1936, an airline that would later become Ireland’s flag carrier. Aer Lingus started operating from a military airdrome at Baldonnel, and a project to replace Baldonnel as Dublin’s primary airport began. Construction of the new airport commenced in 1937 with the Collinstown site as its location. Progress was steady as a grass airfield surface, internal roads, car parks, electrical power, and lighting finished construction in two years. The airport’s first terminal also began construction in 1938, with a team of architects designing the building. Dublin Airport’s first flight took place on the 19th of January in 1940, one year before its first terminal building opened in 1941.
Dublin Airport expanded with almost uninterrupted traffic growth throughout the 1950s. The airport built new terminals and extended the runways to accommodate the increased passenger traffic. New airlines began serving the airport, including BKS, Sabena, and British
European Airways. Nowadays, Dublin Airport has become the home of Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Emerald Airlines, CityJet, and ASL Airlines Ireland.
There are two passenger terminals in Dublin Airport. Terminal 1 opened in 1972 and can handle five million passengers per year. For two decades, the terminal has continually improved and expanded. The building had a car park on the upper floor, but it was closed for security reasons and converted into offices. Larry Oltmanns designed a new pier in October 2007, and 2009 saw a new extension built with food and retail outlets. Terminal 1 is currently a home for all airlines except American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Norwegian, United Airlines, and Aer Lingus.
Terminal 2 was open to the public as of 2010 after the construction began in 2007 with Pascall+Watson designing the terminal for €600 million. The terminal has become the primary hub for passengers traveling between Europe and the United States; it is also the transatlantic gateway for flights to the United States because it features a US pre-clearance immigration facility. Aer Lingus is the primary carrier operating at Terminal 2, alongside American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, and United Airlines.