Airlines working to clear backlog
Airlines are working flat-out to clear the backlog of weather-weary passengers from Dublin Airport as the Christmas deadline edged closer.
With a respite in the snow showers over the capital the airport remained open from 7.15am on Wednesday, but festive travellers still faced disruption from other snow-blighted airports across Europe.
With thousands of passengers caught up in the backlog Aer Lingus is to increase its capacity to Madrid, Frankfurt and London Heathrow and has hired an extra aircraft to operate the New York route.
Ryanair is laying on extra flights to a range of destinations, including Poland, Brussels, Scotland, Paris and London Stansted.
Dublin Airport said staff worked through the night to clear the airfield of snow to allow operations resume as more than 6in of snow fell on the airport, with ground staff having to clear 90,000 tonnes from the runway, taxiways, and aircraft parking stands.
Passengers face further potential disruption with Met Eireann warning snow showers will continue to affect northern and eastern counties, producing accumulations of up to 5cm in places.
Motorists were warned of treacherous conditions with freezing fog and compacted ice and snow adding to the travel misery.
Fresh stocks of salt arrived in Dublin Port on Tuesday night and were distributed to local authorities.
Between 2,000 and 5,000 tonnes have been used every day during the freezing conditions.