New Runway Sends Message to World About Ireland's Global Ambitions

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By Chamber Press Office, 14 February 2019

North Runway will ensure Dublin Airport can keep growing for decades to come, says Dublin Chamber. Proposed cap on night-time flights must now be relaxed

Dublin Chamber has welcomed the official commencement of works on the much-needed new North Runway at Dublin Airport.
 
The business group said the addition of a new runway is vital to ensuring that Dublin Airport is able to keep growing over the coming years.
 
The Chamber commended Dublin Airport for its forward planning on the North Runway project and said that the official start of construction sends a clear message to the world that Dublin is serious about competing with biggest and best cities in the world for jobs, trade and investment.
 
According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: "New improvements such as the North Runway are laying the foundations for continued growth at Dublin Airport. More passengers will mean more connectivity between Dublin and the rest of the world. That's good news for the people and businesses of Ireland. Traffic at Dublin Airport has grown from around 5 million passengers in 1989 to more than 31 million today. With the right levels of investment, there is no reason why Dublin Airport can't add many more millions of passengers in the years to come."
 
With construction underway, Dublin Chamber said the focus must now switch to removing the 'crazy' restrictive planning conditions that have been attached to the new runway regarding overnight flights.
 
According to Ms Burke: “Having a limit of 65 overnight flights once the new runway is up and running makes no sense when you consider that there are currently around 100 flights at night. These proposed restrictions need to be relaxed. Keeping these restrictions in place would mean Ireland is shooting itself in the foot at the very moment when global connectivity is most critical. The proposed limits would ultimately mean jobs and investment being lost to Ireland. With Brexit approaching, Ireland should be doing all it can to further its credentials as a transatlantic aviation hub with direct connections all over the world. Dublin Airport is experiencing phenomenal growth and the opportunities are there for the current progress to continue in the coming years, but the delivery of expanded capacity at the airport is crucial to this.”
 
Ms Burke added: “The whole point of the North Runway project is to enhance Dublin Airport’s offering. But we are potentially looking at a crazy situation in which we have a new state-of-the-art runway, but fewer flights and less connectivity. The Transport Minister must intervene with urgency to resolve the situation.”
 
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For further information please contact:
Graeme McQueen | Head of Communications | Dublin Chamber | 01 644 7247 | 086 212 6444 | graeme@dublinchamber.ie