LONDON – Yesterday, Dublin Airport’s 2nd runway became active, with Ryanair flight FR1964 to Eindhoven being the first flight to depart from it.
After long last, the airport has completed the 320 million EUR runway on schedule, with the airport and the DAA noting that it came at no extra cost to the state.
The DAA CEO, Dalton Phillips, commented on the brand new runway:
“The opening of North Runway is an exciting milestone for Dublin Airport and Ireland, with the delivery of this once-in-a-generation piece of vital national infrastructure positioning Ireland for economic growth for many decades to come.”
“The addition of North Runway will further enhance the role of Dublin Airport as a vital economic enabler for Irish tourism, trade, and foreign direct investment.”
“I am enormously proud of everyone who helped deliver this remarkable piece of aviation engineering both on budget and on schedule, ready to commence operation at a vital time for aviation and for Ireland.”
Hildegarde Naughton TD, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport for Ireland, also commented on the opening:
“The new North Runway will provide much-needed capacity and will enable Dublin Airport to re-build and enhance connectivity to our island, putting Ireland in a strong position to facilitate increased economic activity.”
“The new runway is a crucial piece of infrastructure that will enable Dublin Airport to expand and provide the necessary capacity to connect key existing and emerging global markets.”
“I wish to commend all the hard-working staff and management at daa for completing such a key national infrastructure project within budget.”
The North Runway, also known as 10L/28R, can handle aircraft as large as the Boeing 747-8 as well as the Airbus A380.
For FR1964, this was operated by Ryanair’s Boeing 737 MAX 200, which was used to make a point about sustainability, particularly with the fact that the aircraft is up to 40% quieter than previous models whilst burning less fuel too.
The DAA Chairman, Basil Geoghegan, expanded more on this:
“North Runway further strengthens international connectivity for Ireland at Dublin Airport and will be a major driver for economic growth. It underpins our position as a leading European airport and a key gateway to North America.”
“The successful delivery of this project would not have been possible but for the planning and land use foresight of the early operators of Dublin Airport, who envisaged this vital national infrastructure as far back as the 1960s.”
“Following the COVID pandemic, daa has a renewed ambition for Dublin Airport and its users. We are steadfast in our ambition to grow Dublin Airport sustainably and to be a standard bearer for quality service.”
“Following on from the North Runway development, we will progress at pace with our planned capital investment program in a refurbished terminal, new piers, gates, stands, and transfer facilities that will ensure a compelling service and lasting legacy for future generations of air travelers in and out of Ireland.”
For Dublin Airport, this is substantial news that will see the airport be able to handle an additional creation of 31,200 jobs as well as 2.2bnEUR in economic activity.