Sunday 15 September 2019

Pilots' group stalls DAA on north runway

Stock Image: Getty Images
Stock Image: Getty Images

Gordon Deegan

The Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) has stalled plans by airport operator, daa to adjust its €320m new runway at Dublin airport.

Earlier this year, contractors for the daa began construction work on the runway.

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In tandem with the work continuing on the project, the daa lodged plans for revisions to the project and secured planning permission from Fingal County Council last month.

However, that permission is now on hold after IALPA lodged an appeal against the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Director of Safety and Technical with IALPA, Capt John Goss argues that the daa planning application is "contrary to proper industry runway design."

Capt Goss has also requested that An Bord Pleanála hold an oral hearing into the appeal.

However, a spokesman for Dublin Airport said on Tuesday that Dublin Airport's north runway team met representatives of the key airlines to brief them on the planned amendments in advance of submitting the planning application.

"This engagement included meeting the chief pilots of both Aer Lingus and Ryanair. No safety concerns or other issues were raised in any of these discussions."

He said that the Irish Aviation Authority "also raised no issues in relation to safety".

The spokesman also pointed out that none of Dublin Airport's airlines, which collectively employ the vast majority of IALPA's members, "have raised any safety or operational concerns in relation to the planned amendments to north runway."

Construction work on the runway is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, testing and commissioning will follow.

"We don't see this [the appeal] having a significant impact on those timelines," said the Dublin Airport spokesman.

Irish Independent

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