With Dublin set to be on lockdown for the visit of Pope Francis this weekend, it might be a good idea to hightail it out of the city for a couple of days.
However, the Pontiff is due to land at Dublin Airport around 10.30am on Saturday, so if you’re flying around that time it might be worth setting off a tad early as there’s sure to be a bit of a hullabaloo.
As well as that, there will be road closures, public transport diversions and traffic restrictions throughout the weekend so whether you’re flying on Saturday or Sunday, your trip to the airport is unlikely to be as straightforward as usual.
A statement released by Dublin Airport reads:
‘Flight operations at Dublin Airport are not expected to be affected by the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26.
‘There will be a series of road closures in place in Dublin for the weekend and passengers are advised to take account of this and plan their journey to and from Dublin Airport accordingly.
‘Transport providers, including Aircoach and Airlink 747 services, are operating their normal services on Saturday and Sunday, but there will be some diversions.’
There will be road closures & traffic restrictions in Dublin this weekend (Aug 25 & 26) due to the Pope’s visit. Passengers are advised to plan their journey to/from @DublinAirport accordingly. https://t.co/2nOe58re6k pic.twitter.com/NS2TAae10X
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) August 22, 2018
To those of you with nowhere in particular to be, count yourselves lucky.