Poor Bono, you might think. Now he has to wait for the flight like everyone else in us. Dublin Airport’s Platinum Service – a small VIP terminal that provides guests with private suites, security channels, and rides with a driver to the plane – has stopped accepting new reservations.
t may look like a normal Panther priority. But what does it really achieve?
According to DAA, this move is “resource optimization” and the service will continue for existing bookings. But how can this free more than a handful of staff? It can also cause knock-on headaches.
A-listers in the entertainment world are using terminals. So are top sports teams. The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine passed last weekend.
This month, Green Day and Guns N’Roses will play at Marlay Park. Do they need to line up like our others? Yes, Dublin’s regular terminals have fast track channels and business lounges, but these are already under staffing pressure and how celebrity security emergency response plans stress airport resources. I don’t know if it will be alleviated. How does this help the Panther trying to catch the plane?
Last year, Prince William and Kate Middleton used the VIP service at Heathrow Airport. This service cost £ 3,300 (€ 3,870) for up to three people.
Dublin’s platinum service costs € 295, a little over a quarter of that. Many major airports have similar facilities that provide privacy, a premium experience, and revenue.
Also, it is not used only by celebrities. Customers include business travelers who invest in and hire Ireland, as well as wealthy tourists who are essential to the recovery of the tattered hospitality industry. Now that no new bookings have been made, there is another reason they are wondering about their trip to Ireland.
Croke Park has premium suites. So are hotels and nightclubs. You may not like the idea of hierarchical travel, but there is a luxury market. So this decision confuses me.
The move follows government pressure, sources said. I hope it’s not from the false sense of “optics”. The website says “Page not found”. It doesn’t look good.