The first flight from Dublin Airport’s new remote passenger boarding lounge departed yesterday bound for Gran Canaria.
The new South Gates boarding area will be used by Aer Lingus on services to and from the UK and mainland Europe.
Passengers are transferred on the brief journey to and from the new facility by shuttle bus at Gate 335.
The South Gates Pre-Boarding Zone (PBZ) has nine aircraft stands and five gates, along with a food and beverage outlet and full toilet facilities.
Construction work on the new project began early this year with final delivery coming in a month ahead of schedule.
The journey time for passengers by shuttle bus from Gate 335 will be approximately two minutes.
Following the first trial flight yesterday, services from the South Gates will gradually increase during the week, with four flights scheduled to depart on first wave on Friday.
The new building has a capacity of 950 passengers and is designed so that it can be used as a departures or arrivals facility, or both at the same time.
After exiting the shuttle bus, departing passengers enter the new building via a covered walkway. A second covered walkway will be used by passengers walking to and from the more distant of the nine stands.