A group representing major North American airlines has written to the Ministers for Transport and Tourism calling for urgent action to deal with the recent delays at Dublin airport.

A spokesperson for the Department of Transport says a meeting will be arranged as soon as possible with the group, which represents American, Delta, United and Air Canada.

Airlines for America says the delays at Dublin airport need to be addressed urgently, saying hundreds of their passengers have faced delays and missed connecting flights as a direct result of departure delays here.

The group's Vice President wrote to the ministers for Tourism and Transport saying the situation will become even urgent during peak summer travel season.

In the two-page letter, Keith Glatz says Airlines for AMerica is concerned that passengers with "reduced mobility are left stranded in the airport for long periods of time without wheelchair, or other needed assistance".

He says A4A understands that the Irish Government "will not allow the DAA to issue temporary security passes to ground handling employees located abroad", which he says would help relieve the congestion.

And he says they are concerned that premium passengers are not given immediate access to fast track, despite paying significant sums of money.

Speaking earlier today, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said that the situation at Dublin Airport remained challenging but that it continues to try to manage the situation while avoiding the cancellation of flights.

Eamon Ryan said that the airport will see the "real peak" of passenger numbers during July and August and that it will be "very tight".

However, he told reporters that this was part of a wider "difficult" and "complex" situation across Europe.

It comes as Heathrow Airport cancelled around 30 flights yesterday following problems with the baggage system.

Airlines for America has asked for a meeting with Minister Ryan and Tourism Minister Catherine Martin to discuss the reasons for the delays and potential solutions.

This evening, a Department of Transport spokesperson said officials from both departments are engaging to make arrangements for a meeting as soon as possible.

Between them, the North American carriers serve 13 destinations from Dublin including; Chicago, New York, Dallas, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia.