DAA Says Decision On Its Application To Ease Restrictions Attached To New Runway At Dublin Airport May Not Be Made Until 2024
Dublin and Cork airports operator DAA has said that a final decision on its application to ease flight restrictions attached to the new €320 million runway at Dublin Airport may not be made until early 2024.
The news follows news from last December that DAA had submitted an application to Fingal County Council for permission to amend two planning conditions that are due to apply to the operation of the new runway and the overall runway system at Dublin Airport when the new runway begins operations, as well as subsequent news that Fingal County Council was seeking additional information from DAA about its planning application for the new runway, and a report by consulting company InterVistas that stated that 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 the new runway are not removed.
As reported by The Irish Times, in addition to saying that a final decision on its application to ease flight restrictions attached to the new €320 million runway at Dublin Airport may not be made until early 2024, DAA highlighted, in an investor prospectus for a recent €150 million bond sale, that even if An Bord Pleanála decides in the airport operator's favour, the runway could still end up running at reduced capacity until 2025.
DAA reportedly noted in the prospectus, "In the absence of a planning determination before August 2022, the date that the 2007 planning permission expires, the new parallel runway would become operational with the onerous conditions in place for the period up to when a determination is received from FCC."
DAA reportedly said that it expects a decision in the third quarter of 2022, and, "If the decision is appealed by a third party, as expected, a decision from the appeal board, An Bord Pleanála, is anticipated in quarter 1, 2024.
"This uncertainty could have an adverse impact on the group's ability to plan for the deployment of capacity at Dublin Airport. These conditions could result in a period, potentially up to quarter one, 2025, where Dublin Airport would be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for certain times of the day."
However, DAA reportedly said in the document that "aviation sources" do not see international air transport recovering to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels until 2024 or later.
Objections And Support
Scores of north Dublin residents are reportedly objecting to DAA's proposals and the impact that the noise from night-time flights will have on their residential amenity.
However, the airline industry has reportedly thrown its weight in support of the plans, with 15 carriers including Dublin Airport’s two main customers, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, reportedly offering their support.
IDA Ireland and lobby and business representative group Ibec have reportedly also voiced their support for the lifting of the restrictions, and Dublin Chamber reportedly said that the current restrictions would "inhibit growth and damage the airport's competitive reputation".
The runway, the main construction works on which commenced in February of 2019, is reportedly nearing completion and it will reportedly be operational from the summer of 2022, following a commissioning and testing phase.
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