Sunday 24 March 2019

Dublin Airport plans major control revamp

The DAA says new layout will improve passenger processing. Photo:
The DAA says new layout will improve passenger processing. Photo:
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Dublin Airport is planning to expand its immigration control area at its Pier 1 and Pier 2 facilities in an effort to have "greater queueing capacity" and to improve passenger flow and immigration processing.

The DAA, the semi-state company that controls Dublin and Cork airports, said it intends to carry out a "significant extension" to the existing immigration hall at Pier 1 and Pier 2.

That will involve the reconfiguration of existing passport booths, e-gates and the overall layout of the immigration hall, it has told prospective contractors. A travellator will also be relocated, as will escalators at Pier 1.

The DAA is also planning to undertake work on the airfield in order to allow for the construction of aircraft parking stands at its so-called South Apron. That will include the relocation of stables used for horses that are being transported by air.

Dublin Airport has been under pressure from its airline customers to boost the number of aircraft stands as the airport becomes increasingly busy.

While it has faced criticism from some airlines, it has insisted that it's spending a significant amount of money to deploy new stands in an ongoing capital expenditure programme.

Irish Independent

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