Wednesday 21 February 2018

DAA refutes pilot union claims on planned T2 bus facility

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A plan by Dublin Airport to introduce bus facilities aimed at reducing aircraft congestion at Terminal 2 has been appealed by the Irish Airline Pilots' Association to An Bord Pleanála.

The pilots' union (IALPA) claims the plan is "fraught with safety compromises".

The controversial bus facility would enable the DAA to introduce remote stands at T2, allowing passengers to be bussed to aircraft positioned away from T2. The terminal, opened in 2010, suffers from congestion at peak times.

Fingal County Council has sanctioned the plan.

"The accelerated transatlantic passenger traffic growth has put the lack of airside space and contact stands under serious pressure," IALPA has told An Bord Pleanála. "As a consequence, the DAA recently embarked on a spate of planning applications to overcome these challenges." The union added: "It's IALPA's view that this reactionary planning application compromises the existing T2 structure, disrupts current safe operations, and bears no compliance with the airfield masterplan."

It also alleges that a planned realignment of an airside service road to facilitate the bus facility poses a risk for staff.

"FCC and the DAA expect baggage cart drivers with trailer in tow (the length of an articulated truck) to manoeuvre onto an arterial road using a convex mirror," the pilots' union has told An Bord Pleanála.

The DAA denied the claims made by the association.

"The safety and security of passengers and staff is Dublin Airport's key priority at all times," said a spokesman.

"We completely reject the claims made by IALPA in relation to this development and will be fully refuting them within the planning process."

Irish Independent

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