In response to the limiting of movements between 11pm and 7am at Dublin Airport, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has stated he has “no sympathy” for those suffering from airport noise.
As per The Irish Independent, the DAA who operates the airport was hit by an enforcement notice regarding the use of the new runway, and that the limits should be down to 65 flights between those time periods.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Ryanair CEO: “No Sympathy” For Airport Noise in Dublin…
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary commented further on the restrictions placed at Dublin Airport by the local county council:
“The planning restriction is nonsense”.
“It means that now there’s less flights between the hours of 6 o’clock and 7 o’clock in the morning with two runways than there was when there was only one runway.”
“It’s a nonsense planning condition. It should be amended. If you want to reduce noise at Dublin Airport, it should be done by measuring noise, not restricting the number of flights.”
“[The local communities are making a] “big dog and pony show”.
“Some of these complainers are self-appointed – they live in Ballyboughal, which isn’t even on the flightpath”.
“So, no, I don’t have any sympathy. If you live somewhere around an airport, you should expect some noise. The noise at Dublin Airport is less than it is in the centre of Dublin and in any of the train stations.”
More Problems on the Way For Growth?
More problems seem to be on the way for the DAA and Ryanair, especially when it comes to wanting to build another terminal for such flight operations in Dublin.
There is land available up for sale, which would enable the airport’s growth through the addition of a new terminal. The DAA has bid 70 million EUR for it.
However, the owners of the land are looking for in excess of 120 million EUR, with Ryanair CEO O’Leary deeming the land as “sterile” due to its proximity to both of the runways.
“I think the only people who will buy it will be Dublin Airport”, he said on this.
“The land is essentially sterile, it’s between the two runways and I think the more the owners of the land complain about the price that the DAA is offering, I think it’s evident that they only have one buyer.”
Looking ahead, it looks as if Ryanair will continue to have issues at Dublin Airport.
Whether it be noise complaints, to stifled growth out of the airport overall, all eyes will be on the largest carrier out of the airport to see what other actions can be undertaken to solve this.
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