New Dublin Airport Runway Being Concrete Tested; Regulators Want New Runway Closed Nightly
As reported by The Irish Independent, concrete testing has been under way for several days on the almost completed new €320 million north runway at Dublin Airport.
Rathcoole firm Core Drilling Services, which reportedly specialises in concrete cutting and drilling, is reportedly carrying out ongoing operations on the western half of the 3.1km new runway that is being built by Dublin Airport operator DAA.
Regulators Want New Runway Closed Nightly
As reported by The Irish Times, regulators want to close Dublin Airport's new runway nightly from midnight to 6am to limit noise.
The Airport Noise Competent Authority will reportedly publish a draft ruling today (Thursday November 11) offering locals living close to Dublin Airport up to €20,000 to pay for insulation and potentially limiting night-time aircraft movements.
The body reportedly proposes barring aircraft from taking off from or landing on the airport's new north runway from midnight to 6am once it opens next year, according to authority director Ethna Felten.
Last year, the airport operator, state company DAA, reportedly also proposed closing the new runway between those hours, once flights could continue on its other runways.
Planning conditions for the new runway, which were reportedly imposed in 2007, reportedly limit flights between 11pm and 7am to 65 in total across all of the airport from the date on which the new runway opens.
Before COVID-19 hit air travel, there were reportedly over 100 flights in or out of Dublin between 11pm and 7am.
The noise authority is reportedly seeking a response from all interested parties over the next 14 weeks.
Those views will reportedly inform its final decision, which Felten reportedly confirmed will be binding on planners considering DAA's appeal against the original conditions.
The authority reportedly intends imposing a night-time noise quota on Dublin designed to restrict flights by louder aircraft.
Its engineer, James Trow, reportedly explained that this is not about the number or type of aircraft. Trow reportedly said, "It's about the noise that they make."
The airport will reportedly be subject to longer-term "abatement objectives" meant to halve noise by 2040.
Felton reportedly said, "Our recommendations focus on limiting and reducing the impacts of night-time aircraft noise at Dublin Airport and will guide future decisions regarding aircraft noise management at Dublin."
A DAA spokesperson reportedly said that the company noted the authority’s draft regulatory decision and will consider it in coming weeks.
Felten Urges Participation In Consultation
Felten reportedly urged participation in the consultation, reportedly saying that the final decision will affect locals, businesses and everyone using the airport.
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