When I travel, one thing I normally travel with is a slightly battered water bottle – that I fill up multiple times en-route, during travel and when I travel home – so I have liquid when I want it… and not when the cabin crew want me to have drinks.
Some airports are great at putting water bottle filling stations in – others lag behind.
Dublin Airport is taking a step forward, by upgrading the water fountains and fitting new taps.
As well as snazzy branding. Welcome to the Hydration Station.
When I’ve gone through Dublin Airport, spotting these was a hard task – so this should be a big step forward.
Currently, there are 15 of these fountains located in the terminal area. The airport plans to add further fountains as part of general upgrading works in both terminals.
According to the airport, Hydration Station units can be found at:
- The Mezzanine level in Terminal 1
- Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1
- Departures areas in Terminals 1 and 2
- Immediately after security screening in Terminal 1
- In all passenger boarding areas
- In both baggage halls
As well as the water fountain system, the “Plane Water” will continue to be sold at €1 each via the honesty boxes in the airport (and are always welcome to see)
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison states
“As Dublin Airport continues to grow, we are committed to providing choice for our customers and making a positive contribution to our environment,”
“We hope that by improving passenger awareness of our Hydration Stations, passengers and airport staff will further reduce their reliance on single use plastic bottles,”
Re-use, Re-fill, Recycle
It’s not a big thing to do this is, but by offering more opportunities to fill water bottles, it’s a better win for the passenger experience.
With flying known to be a rather dry environment, keeping hydrated is one of the key things in the air.
With a lot of carriers more than happy to empty your pockets of spare change for a water bottle with overpriced liquid in it – seeing airports provision facilities to top up your water bottle is a welcome thing.
So yes, I’m more than happy to see the Hydration Station turn up at Dublin Airport… and would wish more airports did the same.
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