Wednesday 21 February 2018

Night time flights to be redirected over Dublin's southside from September

Airplane (Stock photo)
Airplane (Stock photo)
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A €60m runway upgrade project being undertaken by Dublin Airport will see flights being redirected at night time over a swathe of the southside of the city.

Hundreds of flights a week will be redirected from September, and will continue to do so for over a year as the works are completed.

The Irish Independent reported the planned upgrade last year.

“The condition of a number of other very critical assets in the vicinity of runway 10/28 has also been assessed over the past number of years,” the DAA previously noted.

“Through these assessments, it has been determined that the assets must be rehabilitated within the next two to three years in order to sustain airport operations and reduce the risk of a systems failure.”

The DAA previously said that it finds it difficult to even locate spares for its critical but aging approach lighting system.

The existing main runway was built in 1989 and in 2010 was overlaid with a substance to allow for improved friction for aircraft. That scheme, which cost about €7m, had a design life of between six and eight years.

The DAA, which controls Dublin and Cork airports, consulted with a number of local residents groups last year in relation to the runway upgrade and the planned redirection night flights over their areas.

Meanwhile, the DAA has confirmed that just under 40 homes near Dublin Airport would be eligible for a voluntary buyout scheme that will be implemented as a result of a new €320m runway being built. Those houses fall within a specified zone where noise levels from aircraft were expected to exceed 69 decibels.

Construction of the runway is due to start next year and be completed by 2020.

The DAA said that residents of those homes will receive precise details in coming months of how the buyout process will work, and how their homes will be valued.

The DAA will value the homes, and residents will also be able to secure their own valuations at no cost to themselves.

The process can also go to arbitration in the event where the DAA and an owner disagree about the valuation.

Although noise levels from the new runway are now anticipated be lower than expected back in 2007 when planning permission was received, due to newer aircraft being used, the DAA has pledged to retain a threshold that will mean the current 40 houses will remain subject to the voluntary buyout scheme.

Had noise contours been redrawn to take account of quieter aircraft, fewer houses would have been eligible.

About 90 houses and four schools lie within a zone further from the airport and will be eligible for free insulation installation.

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