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Dublin Airport should prepare for growth now to avoid playing catch-up

John Mulligan


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Up in the air: An empty Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport this month. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Up in the air: An empty Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport this month. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Up in the air: An empty Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport this month. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Tourism played a key role in creating jobs after the financial crash, but the sector's long-term post-pandemic revival could be hampered if key infrastructure projects at Dublin Airport - the country's busiest gateway - are put on ice.

The chief executive of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), the semi-State company that operates Dublin and Cork airports, yesterday told staff of stark decisions the firm needs to rapidly make in the face of a collapse in air traffic.

The measures will involve hundreds of job losses and the DAA's boss, Dalton Philips, said a review of a slate of major projects at Dublin Airport that were designed to future-proof its capacity, after years of strong passenger growth, is also necessary.