Ryanair and Dublin Airport release statements as hundreds of passengers endure overnight delays
People had to sleep in Dublin Airport overnight.
While the conditions are expected to improve, the weather had a serious impact on Dublin Airport on Sunday night with various flights grounded and delayed.
Dublin Airport Authority released a statement to JOE which read: "Dublin Airport was open and operational all afternoon.
"Some airlines had issues de-icing departing aircraft which resulted in a knock-on impact on arriving aircraft as aircraft stands were not vacated while de-icing was taking place.
"The airline or its handling agent has sole responsibility for de-icing aircraft. Dublin Airport has responsibility for ensuring the runway and taxiways are sprayed and available for airport operations.
"We are working closely with our airline customers to help passengers."
Throughout the evening, various passengers were posting on social media saying that they were grounded on the tarmac for as long as three hours in some cases due to the weather.
Dublin Airport's Twitter account reiterated that some airlines were experiencing delays due to the result of their de-icing facilities.
Hi Damien, very sorry you were delayed. Aircraft de-icing is the responsibility of the airline or its handling agent. We are responsible for keeping the runway and taxiways clear of snow and ice.
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 4, 2019
Ryanair released a brief statement on Sunday night saying that "weather has regrettably caused a small number of Dublin cancellations. All those affected were advised of their rebook/refund options".
However, passengers on social media said that there was no staff in the airport to assist people with their queries, while pictures were also posted of people sleeping on the floor due to the cancellations.
One passenger said that "Dublin Airport looked like a zombie apocalypse" and described the situation as a "shambles".
Weather has regrettably caused a small number of Dublin cancellations (3/3). All those affected were advised of their rebook/refund options
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) March 3, 2019
— Lucy Lamb (@lucylamb70) March 4, 2019
Dublin Airport looking like a zombie apocalypse, bodies everywhere and people roaming around looking for sockets to charge their phones #Ryanair #nolongeracustomer #disgrace pic.twitter.com/oDisjazI2x
— Miss O'Reilly (@SINEADOREILLY13) March 4, 2019