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Press Releases 2007

DAA Delivers New Centralised Garda National Immigration Bureau

October 17 2007

Passenger Experience Significantly Improved

A new centralised Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) facility opens at Dublin Airport today, providing easier access to the Airport for millions of international and domestic passengers.

The new facility, delivered by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in partnership with An Garda Síochána, will more than double the number of passenger processing points available.

Containing 12 passenger processing points, the new facility will service passengers arriving at the Airport via Pier A and the soon-to-be-opened Pier D. There will be a dedicated channel for passengers arriving from other Irish airports.

The location of the new immigration facility will mean a shorter journey for Pier A passengers arriving into the GNIB area.  Pier D passengers will access the facility via the new Skybridge linking Pier D to the existing terminal building.

Commenting on the new facility, General Manager-Operations, Brendan Daly said “We have worked very closely with An Garda Síochána Immigration division to deliver this significantly improved new centralised immigration facility.  With the coming into operation of Pier D over 60% of Dublin Airport’s arriving passengers will be processed through one of the 12 processing points and once they have cleared Immigration passengers have same level access to the Baggage Hall.”

Commenting on the new custom made facility Detective Chief Superintendent Martin McLaughlin, Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) said "An Garda Síochána welcomes this latest development at Dublin Airport and applauds the Dublin Airport Authority on the speed and efficiency with which it has been completed.  The Gardai will play our part in making the visit of all passengers to Dublin Airport as comfortable, efficient and stress-free as possible, this latest facility provided by DAA will contribute greatly to these aims"

This four-phase project was built at a cost of €7 million.   The first three phases involved extensive enabling works which included the removal and relocation of several airlines and DAA from office accommodation in the proposed GNIB area. Graham Projects Limited were the main contactors for the overall project while electrical works were carried out by the Ability Group and mechanical works by Lynskey Engineering.

Ends
17th October, 2007

Further information contact:

Siobhán Moore – DAA at 087.2710065
Kevin Donohoe – An Garda Síochána at 086.8282075

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