In 2007, An Bord Pleanála granted Dublin Airport planning permission to build a 3,110 metre runway, 1.69km north of the existing main runway.  Due to the subsequent economic downturn, the project was put on hold.

However, the recovery in the economy has seen passenger numbers reach record levels with 31.5 million people travelling through Dublin Airport in 2018 to over 180 destinations worldwide.  As traffic has grown at Dublin Airport, the need for additional runway capacity has become more acute and immediate. In light of this, the decision to progress with North Runway was taken in April 2016. 

North Runway is being delivered within the airport’s existing land bank. Careful planning has allowed this land and the associated flight paths to be safeguarded for over 40 years.  Construction began in December 2016 with the runway scheduled to be operational in 2022.  The project will support up to 1,200 jobs during the development phase as well as generating significant employment opportunities in the local supply chain for construction materials.

National Policy

Investment in airport infrastructure requires long-term planning to facilitate passenger growth and future demand for aviation services.  Under the Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act 1998 and the State Airports Act 2004, daa is mandated to:

  • Manage, operate and develop the airport
  • Provide the services and facilities necessary for the operation, maintenance and development of the airport
  • Take all proper measures for the safe and secure operation of the airport 
  • Operate the airport in a commercial manner

Therefore, it is daa’s responsibility to ensure that the airport infrastructure is sufficient to meet changing needs. 

The development of a second runway has been mandated by the Government’s National Aviation Policy (NAP) for Ireland, published in August 2015.  The Policy states that ‘existing capacity at State airports should be optimised in conjunction with timely planning to enable expansion of air service connections in all relevant markets delivering wider economic benefits for Ireland’

The Policy goes on to state that ‘the process to develop the second runway at Dublin Airport will commence, to ensure the infrastructure necessary for the airport’s position as a secondary hub and operate to global markets without weight restrictions is available when needed’.

Frequently Asked Questions

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