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Dublin airport needs second runway, confirms Donohoe

Shane O'Riordan

Published 21/08/2015 | 02:30

Paschal Donohoe confirmed that the country's biggest airport could see the introduction of a second parallel runway in the future if passenger numbers continue to grow
Paschal Donohoe confirmed that the country's biggest airport could see the introduction of a second parallel runway in the future if passenger numbers continue to grow

The country's biggest airport could see the introduction of a second parallel runway if passenger growth continues, Transport and Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.

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Passenger numbers at the airport have grown by 15pc so far this year.

The introduction of a second parallel runway could make this figure increase further again, said John Fearon, the director general for Civil Aviation.

Speaking at the launch of a new policy for the Irish aviation sector, Mr Donohoe also unveiled plans to market Dublin Airport as a secondary hub, as its "geographical location and necessary infrastructure would be able to meet projected traffic growth".

Under the new policy, Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports will remain under State ownership.

Irish Independent

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