daa will continue to fight night flight ban
As the first sod was turned on the North Runway at Dublin Airport, the daa renewed its commitment to seek the overturning of controversial planning conditions that would restrict night time flying at the airport.
Neighbours of the airport want those conditions to stay in place, saying night flights will have a detrimental effect on their quality of life but the restrictions threaten the airport's business, according to daa.
While construction of North Runway progresses, daa will continue to seek the amendment of those two planning conditions relating to flights between 11pm and 7am that will apply once the new runway is built.
The daa CEO, Dalton Philips said:'It has never been Dublin Airport's intention to have lots more flights in the middle of the night, but the new conditions would have a very significant impact on the business, as 6am to 7am is the airport's busiest time of the day.'
He added: 'We are acutely aware of the concerns of local residents in relation to this development and there is a balance to be struck between those concerns and Ireland's national economic needs.'
Legislation to establish a new independent aircraft noise regulator at Dublin Airport is currently going through the Oireachtas. The views of daa, local communities and other stakeholders will be taken into consideration, and the regulator will make its decision based on an EU framework for assessing noise at airports.
The daa says it works closely with airlines, the Irish Aviation Authority and ground handling firms to minimise aircraft noise at Dublin Airport and is also introducing a series of mitigation measures in relation to noise.
The daa says it is insulating about 200 homes near the airport to the highest standards and has also set up a voluntary scheme to buy up to 38 properties that are most affected by the North Runway development.