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DAA gets shovels ready for €2bn plan but can it dig it?

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Dublin Airport. (stock photo)

Dublin Airport. (stock photo)

Dublin Airport. (stock photo)

All systems are go for expansion at Dublin Airport, it seems. DAA is to appoint an external project manager to help deliver its €2bn capital plan, Ergo has learned.

Terminal extensions and bigger aprons will increase capacity to cope with the extra passengers that a new runway will bring.

Last year, DAA insisted that a decision by the aviation regulator to lower passenger charges at the airport threatened the entire plan. This tender suggests, however, that DAA is gearing up to get shovels in the ground. But, according to the tender announcement, it comes with a caveat: "The contracting authority reserves the right to make any announcements in respect of the project at any time during the competition."

In a world of shifting political sands and determined regulators, it is likely a key line in this instance.

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