Monday 14 October 2019

Council wants details on DAA's runway changes

 

The departure gates at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport (Brian Lawless/PA)
The departure gates at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport (Brian Lawless/PA)
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

The DAA has been told by Fingal County Council to provide more information about plans to make changes to infrastructure including taxiways planned as part of its €320m runway project at Dublin Airport.

Issues raised by the council relate to a flood-risk assessment and surface water drainage. The DAA plans to reduce the number of taxiways and relocate others. It also wants to make other changes to the project, including the relocation of electricity sub-stations, a new perimeter fence, and the installation of airside blast -protection fencing. The total paved area at the airport following construction of the runway is to be significantly reduced under the changes being sought by the DAA.

The council wants more information regarding a planned earthen embankment that the DAA intends to construct in a flood zone, including a flood-risk assessment.

The DAA has previously said that the changes to the runway project primarily relate to changes in aviation standards and compliance regulations.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association has called on Fingal County Council to reject the changes being sought by the DAA. It claimed in a lengthy submission to the council that that the redesign of the taxiways "radically compromises the safe, efficient flow of aircraft", and "creates congestion". It has also claimed that the length of the new runway - at just under 3.2km - is "sub-optimal".

Irish Independent

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