Monday 16 July 2018

Dublin Airport planning relocation of hangar space to facilitate future extension

The DAA is currently seeking information from prospective tenderers and actual tendering for the scheme is expected to start in February. Stock photo
The DAA is currently seeking information from prospective tenderers and actual tendering for the scheme is expected to start in February. Stock photo
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Dublin Airport is planning the eventual relocation of some of its hangar space in order to facilitate a future extension to its Pier 1 passenger facility.

Existing hangars include one used by Aer Lingus as both a maintenance facility and its headquarters. Another hangar houses the Dublin Aerospace aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business.

The DAA has also taken the first steps towards the construction of another multi-million euro aircraft-parking area.

A contract for the construction of the new aircraft area, or apron, is expected to be signed next summer. It will be adjacent to the new runway Dublin Airport is hoping will be operational by 2020.

The DAA is currently seeking information from prospective tenderers and actual tendering for the scheme is expected to start in February.

The DAA has told prospective tenderers that Apron 5H will include stands for Code C and Code E aircraft. Code C jets include the likes of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s - the short-haul workhorses of Ryanair and Aer Lingus respectively.

Code E aircraft include heavier jets such as the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777.

However, the DAA noted that in the future stands for Code E aircraft shall be removed from the new apron to make way for infrastructure that will enable wider access to and from the apron.

"An MRO area is present between hangars 5 and 6 and this area shall be retained in this project," the DAA said. "There is an intention to replace some of the existing hangars and MRO in the future with an extension of Pier 1."

Irish Independent

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