Flights have resumed at Dublin Airport after they were halted for around an hour and a half because of a fire in a hangar
Dozens of arrivals and departures have been delayed by the stoppage, some by as much as four hours.
The airport said in a statement: “Due to the disruption, there are likely to be knock-on delays to flights this morning and passengers are advised to check with their airline regarding their flight status.”
“Dublin Airport regrets any inconvenience to passengers as a result of this incident.”
Thick smoke was seen billowing from the hangar as passengers arrived for flights at one of the busiest times of the day.
Airport fire crews were dispatched to the hangar, which is separate from passenger facilities, after the blaze was reported at around 7am.
Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed four of its pumps were sent to the scene and that the fire was contained by around 8.15am.
There were no reports of any injuries as a result of the blaze, which broke out in the roof of hangar three.
Two planes were inside at the time, both of them short-haul 146 aircraft.
One of these is believed to have been operated by CityJet.
An airport spokeswoman said: “All flight operations were suspended because all emergency services have been brought to fight the fire and as a result if something happens on the airfield the fire cover is not available.
“This is standard procedure.”
Airlines were told at first the airport would remain shut for several hours, possibly up until midday.
The last aircraft to land before the suspension was a Ryanair flight from Leeds Bradford Airport at 7.26am, while the last outgoing journey was also a Ryanair service, to Wroclaw in Poland at 7.25am.
Fire fighters are now battling a major fire at Ajas Limited in the domestic terminal on the compound of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay St James.
It is reported that the fire started about 45 minutes ago in the maintenance section of Ajas.
At 9 o’clock there were about six fire units on the scene attempting to put out the fire.
And since then several more have arrived from nearby parishes to try to put out the mammoth blaze.
Ajas Limited has been in business since 1940 making it the oldest and most experienced Aircraft Ground Handler in Jamaica.
The company was recently bought by a group including Raymond Chang, Barry Byrne and the Kerr-Jarretts of Montego Bay.