Dublin airport has confirmed it will build a second runway by 2020, resurrecting plans which were shelved nearly a decade ago.
The airport received planning permission for a second runway back in 2007, but the project was put on hold when Ireland’s financial crisis saw passenger numbers fall.
Recovery has seen the airport deliver its busiest ever year in 2015, with double digit growth recorded in the first two months of 2016.
Long-haul connectivity has grown by 65 per cent since the airport’s T2 opened, with short-haul connectivity increasing by 16 per cent.
This has resulted in current infrastructure being at capacity during peak hours, so plans for the 3,110-metre second runway will now go ahead, with construction work starting in 2017. The new runway is expected to cost €320 million.
The airport says that the North Runway development “has the potential to open up connectivity to a range of long-haul destinations, particularly in fast growing economies in Asia, Africa and South America”.
Announcing the news Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD said:
““In recent years, Dublin Airport has experienced a strong and sustainable return to growth. However, in order to capitalise on this growth and sustain it into the future, we need to put in place the appropriate airport infrastructure.
“I welcome daa’s plans in this regard and also the company’s commitment to work closely with all stakeholders, including local residents and community groups, in relation to the delivery of the new runway.”