Consulting Company Says Irish Economy Will Lose Out On 5,170 Jobs And €392m If Planning Restrictions On Dublin Airport's New Runway Are Not Removed
According to a new report by consulting company InterVistas, the Irish economy will lose out on 5,170 jobs and a positive economic impact of €392 million by the end of 2023 if planning restrictions on Dublin Airport’s new €320 million runway are not removed.
As reported by The Irish Times, Dublin Airport operator DAA has lodged the report with Fingal County Council in its bid to have two restrictions attached to the 2007 planning permission for its new runway removed.
The planning conditions for the new runway specify that it cannot be used between the hours of 11pm and 7am, and that Dublin Airport's night-time operations cannot exceed 65 flights on average when the new runway is complete.
Impact On Economy And Airlines
The runway is expected to be become operational in 2022, and InterVistas has reportedly warned that if the current planning restrictions are not removed, the economic impact will reach a high in 2023, with 5,170 jobs and €392 million in gross domestic product (GDP) being lost, and Dublin Airport will lose out on a cumulative 6.3 million passengers between 2022 and 2025.
InterVistas reportedly said that the operating restrictions in the 2007 planning permission "particularly impact on the recovery and growth of Ryanair and Aer Lingus who require early morning departure and late evening arrivals for their short-haul operations".
InterVistas' report reportedly estimates that the impact of the restrictions would extend across Ireland's entire economy due to the lower connectivity that Dublin Airport would be able to offer.
15 airlines, including Ryanair and Aer Lingus, have reportedly pledged their support for the plans.
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