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Saturday 21 September 2019

Airports' landing systems set for multi-million euro overhaul

The old air traffic control tower at Dublin Airport
The old air traffic control tower at Dublin Airport
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

THE Irish Aviation Authority is to replace instrument landing systems at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports in an upgrade likely to cost tens of millions of euro.

The current instrument landing systems (ILS) were commissioned at the airports between 2006 and 2007. The authority said it needs to replace all ILS "in the immediate future".

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The agency has launched a tender competition for the work, which will include the installation of an ILS for Dublin Airport's new runway currently under construction.

The new runway will require an advanced instrument landing system. The ground-based systems enable pilots to land at airports using only their instruments, when they are unable to see the runway in bad weather for example.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) expects the installation of the ILS for the new Dublin Airport runway to start towards the end of next year and to be completed in the second quarter of 2021.

It anticipates work to replace the exiting ILS in Dublin will start in 2021 and be finished in 2022.

At Cork, the ILS replacement work is expected to begin and end in 2022. Work to replace the ILS at Shannon is set to start in 2023 and be completed that year.

The DAA, which controls Dublin Airport, is currently engaged in a €1bn-plus plan to create new apron space and rehabilitate existing space, as well as adding new stands and a service vehicle tunnel.

Dublin Airport handled 31.5 million passengers in 2018.

Irish Independent

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