Dublin and Cork airports officially close their doors as Storm Emma beckons
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Dublin and Cork airports officially close their doors as Storm Emma beckons

DUBLIN Airport has made the decision to stop operating from 3 pm today with all arrivals and departures being cancelled until at least tomorrow afternoon. 

No flights will take off or land after 4 pm due to Storm Emma. Additionally, Aer Lingus has announced it has cancelled all of its flights to and from Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon on Friday.

The airport tweeted from its official Twitter page this afternoon.

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Likewise, Cork airport has in the last hour announced it will be also closing its doors as the worst of the weather is a mere hour or so away.

Shannon airport, on the other hand, remains open, although many scheduled flights have been cancelled. The airport is advising travellers to check with their airline first.

*Update*

Shannon Airport have now announced that they too are closing for the next couple of days.

A spokeswoman for Shannon Airport said: “Due to full flight cancellations by our scheduled carriers, and in light of the Red weather alert for the area, Shannon Airport has decided to close the airport from 18:00 this evening. The airport will reopen, weather permitting, at 05:00 am on Saturday 3rd March.

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“Shannon Airport remains fully operational as of now, with a number of scheduled flights taking off, due to the efforts of airport staff working through the night in challenging conditions to keep the runway operational. However, a number of airlines, including Aer Lingus and Ryanair, have now made the decision to cancel services in the interest of safety.

“We strongly advise passengers intending to fly from, or travel to, Shannon Airport on Saturday to contact their relevant airline or check their website before travelling.

“We will post regular flight updates on our twitter account @shannonairport, our facebook page www.facebook.com/shannon.airport.officialand on our website www.shannonairport.ie as soon as we are notified.  People are also welcome to contact our information desk at 061 712000 for any updates before making their journey to the airport."

Shannon Airport handled 20 flight diversions from Dublin and Cork Airports starting from 04.20 yesterday morning until midnight last night. This morning the airport also handled a United Airlines flight diversion (UA2740) this morning from Brussels due to land in Dublin which landed safely at 10.16am.