Third terminal plan floated for Dublin airport
A third passenger terminal could be needed at Dublin Airport as soon as 2020, the Department of Transport believes.
A department official has also clarified to the Irish Independent that an upcoming review of the capital's airport will not include an analysis of a new runway, which they said will go ahead as planned.
But airport sources have insisted that the need for a new terminal does not arise at present. In fact, an extra terminal probably might not even be needed at the airport within the next decade.
Existing terminals could potentially cope with up to 40 million passengers a year.
However, a Department of Transport official insisted that given the growth at the airport, it's possible the third terminal could be required within just three years.
Dublin Airport does have a masterplan that envisages the airport's development over the next 20 to 30 years, and there is a site identified close to existing terminals for a third such facility.
But the DAA, which controls Dublin Airport, is currently focused on building its new runway, in a project that will cost an estimated €320m.
It's almost certain that a new terminal wouldn't be even contemplated until that scheme is completed in 2020.