Ryanair agrees with Minister Varadkar when he said today that “this is a very serious matter”. However Ryanair called on Minister Varadkar and the DAA to explain precisely what security failure has taken place at Dublin Airport and why has the Minister confirmed today it will take some two months to fix it.
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:
“It is unacceptable that we have still not received an open, transparent and honest answer from either the Dept of Transport or the Dublin Airport Authority as to the nature of the DAA’s security failure. The Irish Examiner has confirmed today that the DAA knew of this security failure for over 1 month, yet neither the DAA nor the Department have corrected it or explained to Irish consumers, Irish passengers or Ireland’s airlines what security failure Dublin Airport is guilty of or why this failure is so serious that Dublin originating aircraft will now be treated as the same security risk as flights originating from Afghanistan and Somalia.
This latest self inflicted cock-up vindicates Ryanair’s repeated calls for the break-up of the DAA airport monopoly and its removal from the control of its downtown office, the Dept of Transport. It is the Dept of Transport that is responsible for airport security, and it is clear that this management failure by the Dept of Transport and the DAA has caused Dublin Airport to fail a security audit which no other EU capital city airport has failed for over 20 years.
If the gold-plated facilities and the traffic declines weren’t bad enough, today’s security failure makes Dublin Airport another international embarrassment for Ireland and underlines again the urgent need for the break-up of the DAA and its removal from the dead hand of the Dept of Transport.