DAA to consult on proposed changes to new runway
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which runs the airports in Dublin and Cork, is to consult with An Bord Pleanála (ABP) about proposed changes to its planned second main runway - known as the North Runway.
The changes relate to the physical layout of runway development and won't affect the permitted operation - such as the times and numbers of flights.
"DAA is proposing to make some minor physical changes to the overall North Runway development at Dublin Airport. This follows the introduction of new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards last December and some design development work on the project," a spokesman said. Any application for a change to permitted runway use will have to be considered by a new, independent authority, which is currently being established by the Government, but DAA must consult with An Bord Pleanála for all proposed planning applications at Dublin Airport.
An Bord Pleanála then considers whether the proposal counts as strategic infrastructure.
The main change proposed is that the outer shoulder areas on either side of the runway - which are within the 75m width - will be changed from fully paved to reinforced grass, in line with new EASA guidelines.
Following consultation with airlines, a number of taxiways relating to the new runway development will either be relocated or removed. There are also some planned minor changes to roads on the airfield.