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New 'Evening Before' Check-in at Dublin

If your flight departs Dublin Airport between 06:00-08:00 in the morning, you can now check-in at the airport between 16:00-20:00 the evening before.

This new service is available for both Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional flights.

Each passenger needs to present themselves to check-in and drop off bags but if you are travelling with immediate family, one member of the family can check-in and drop bags for the group the evening before. Passports/ID cards are required for all passengers travelling, and must be presented the evening before.

While this facility will save you time by avoiding check-in the following morning, all passengers will still need to leave adequate time in the morning to get through security and to get to their gate. We would recommend that you come to the airport 90 minutes before your flight is due to depart.

Dublin Airport Check-in

All Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional scheduled flights depart and arrive Terminal 2 (T2), Dublin Airport.  Aer Lingus occupy 28 check-in desks located in the west-end of the building on the Ground floor.

Check-in times

FlightsCheck-in ClosesRecommended
Long-haul routes
(Depart or arrive outside Europe)
75 mins before departure* 3.5 hours before departure
Short-haul routes
(Depart and arrive within Europe)
45 mins before departure* 2.5 hours before departure
From Belfast City Airport 30 mins before departure* 2.5 hours before departure



  • Check-in for all short-haul flights closes 45 minutes prior to departure with the exception of Belfast City Airport which closes 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Check-in for Economy Class on all long-haul flights closes 75 minutes prior to departure.
  • Check-in for Business Class on all long-haul flights closes 60 minutes prior to departure.
  • Check-in facilities in Shannon airport do not open before 05:00am.
  • Passengers who do not comply with Check-in Deadlines will not be accepted for travel. They may change their booking up until the flight they were booked on has departed, thereafter it will be treated as a 'no-show' and the booking will be forfeited.
  • For passengers who are travelling on an itinerary that includes flights operated by one of our partner airlines, please check in as recommended by the operating airline.

Business Class and Gold Circle check-in

Where the Business Class product is offered for travel, each airport will has a designated Business Class check-in area. Some airports have designated Gold Circle check-in desks.

FastPass self service check-in

FastPass is our airport check-in self-service initiative. Passengers can check-in quickly by using touch screen technology. View our step-by-step demonstration.

Onward check-in

Onward check-in (on same day of travel) is available on selected Aer Lingus flights and with the following airlines:
  • AA American Airlines
  • AF Air France
  • AY Finnair
  • BA British Airways
  • CX Cathay Pacific
  • EK Emirates
  • IB Iberia
  • KL KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • QF Qantas
  • SQ Singapore Airlines

Hand Baggage, Ticket & Customer Service Desk check-in

Passengers travelling with hand baggage only can check-in at:
  • Designated hand baggage desks
  • The Ticket Desk, when collecting tickets, and
  • The Customer Service Desk.
Available at most airports

Same-day return check-in

Passengers to most UK destinations, with hand baggage only, can be checked in for both outbound and return flights.

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