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Sep 18th, 2003, 04:22 AM
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Airport times

If I do a free stopover with Aer Lingus in Dublin and then go from there to Edinburgh on Ryan Air, are the lines, etc. really long like I've read about on this forum to fly back to US from Dublin?
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Sep 18th, 2003, 06:04 AM
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I've never experienced any unreasonable delay in checking in for a U.S. Bound flight in Dublin. I would recommend that you get there two and a half hours before your scheduled departure. The last time I was there Aer Lingus actually checked me in at the Business/First check-in because there was no one waiting in that line.

I flew RyanAir Dublin-London (Luton). Check-in for RyanAir was a real 'mad-house.' It's 'Open seating#39; They give you a numbered boarding pass: then, at the departure gate they call a series of numbers and if you have a low number (i.e., earliest check-in) you get to pick the seat you like.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 07:47 AM
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Aer lingus actually suggests you check in 3 hrs before a flight from Dublin to US.

If you get there early, you should have no problems.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 08:06 AM
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OK-tks. I am going from Dublin to Edinburgh and back, then renting a car and a week later flying out of Shannon to US. I was wondering about how long it took at Dublin airport on Ryan Air to go to Ed.

Also, how long does it take for Aer Lingus to fly to US from Shannon?

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Sep 18th, 2003, 08:35 AM
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re - shannon to us????

Check your flight info - it can take vastly different times , depending on whether you are flying to NY or to California. Your flight info on the Aer Lingus website should tell you when you leave and when you land and what your actual flight time is.

I don't want to sound snippy, but most of the answers to your questions can be found on the airline websites, and those are the answers I would rely on - not the word of anonymous posters on a travel board.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 08:51 AM
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I am one who suggests a lot more time checking in on Aer Lingus from Dub to US. I did this in May, getting there 3 hours before the flight, and was in line nearly 90 minutes. There were 2 flights to Boston and 2 going to NYC area all leaving within a couple hours of each other. That's the reason for the madness.

As for RyanAir, I also did Dub-EDI on Ryan Air in May, and if you get there right when they open the window for your flight, there is virtually no line (we were 2nd in line). But the longer you wait to check in, the longer the line. This worked both going to and from Edinburgh. And my experience with RyanAir seating was different. We did get a seat number, but it was mass boarding, they did not do it by seat numbers either time. It was "run for your life towards the plane" instead.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 10:33 AM
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The lines at Dublin can be pretty insane. It's hard during busy times to even figure out which line you should be in. Get there early.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 12:45 PM
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Tks anyway Debbie but you didn't read the post. I know how to read airline schedules, and trains, and boats, etc. but they do not include the times, etc. at airports to get on the planes, etc.! Most airports you only need to get there an hour before but I've heard in Dublin, it's 3 hours and I asked about Shannon since we are coming back to US from there.

Tks to all others for info.
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Sep 18th, 2003, 01:25 PM
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actually - I got the information I gave you about the check in times DIRECTLY from the Aer Lingus site
http://www.aerlingus.com/cgi-bin/obe...y=3&C_OID=8171

(if the link is too hard to follow - under Customer care, click FAQ, then look at the question When can I check in - it points you to the Latest Check In Page.)

Airport Recommended check-in time / Latest check-in time

Boston 3 hours 45 Mins
Chicago 3 hours 45 Mins
Dublin to USA 3 hours
To other destinations 2 hours 45 mins
30 mins

Los Angeles 3 hours 45 Mins
New York (JFK) 3 hours 45 Mins
Shannon to USA 2 hours
To other destinations 1 hour 45 mins
30 mins
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