Dublin Airport to finally get a second runway

The new runway should be in place by 2020
The new runway should be in place by 2020

Dublin Airport has confirmed this morning that it will proceed with plans for a new parallel runway – with the project estimated to cost as much as €320m.

The DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, said the 3,110-metre long runway is expected to be complete by 2020. The project will support 1,200 jobs during construction.

The DAA, which also controls Cork Airport, has been examining plans for some time as passenger numbers soar. Last year, Dublin Airport handled over 25 million passengers, a record for the facility and 15pc more than in 2014, making it one of the fastest-growing airports in Europe.

Existing planning permission for a new runway expires next year, and the DAA is currently evaluating whether or not it will rely on that current permission, or submit a new planning application. Under planning rules, such an application would be made directly to An Bord Pleanala under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act.