Friday 23 August 2019

Plan for €170m tunnel to expand airport

A €170m tunnel is being planned at Dublin Airport to allow the campus to grow further to the west as passenger traffic continues to rise. Stock photo
A €170m tunnel is being planned at Dublin Airport to allow the campus to grow further to the west as passenger traffic continues to rise. Stock photo

Fearghal O'Connor

A €170m tunnel is being planned at Dublin Airport to allow the campus to grow further to the west as passenger traffic continues to rise.

The new road tunnel - which will allow 3,500 airport operations vehicles a day to cross from Terminal 1 to proposed new airplane stands - is part of a massive capital infrastructure plan.

The tunnel would enable passenger operations to be undertaken on the airport's west apron, at the far side of Runway 16/34, the cross runway currently used during unfavourable wind conditions.

Enabling works for the tunnel will take place under two major construction lots worth a total of €335m published in recent days by the airport authority. Those plans propose that the tunnel will be completed by 2024.

Aviation entrepreneur Ulick McEvaddy, who owns land close to the proposed new aircraft stands, is seeking to build a new passenger terminal at his site.

But last week DAA CEO Dalton Philips ruled out any need for a new terminal before 2040 and insisted that projected passenger growth would be catered for under the airport's capital plan.

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