Fingal Independent

| 18.3°C Dublin

IAA chief piles on runway pressure


Eamonn Brennan

Eamonn Brennan

Eamonn Brennan


Another major voice in the Irish aviation industry has added to the chorus of voices calling for a new runway at Dublin Airport.

The proposal to build a so-called 'second parallel runway' at Dublin Airport was shelved some years ago after going through the planning process but then hitting recession, but the project should be revived now, according to the chief executive of the Irish Aviation Authority. This latest statement will pile on the pressure for the revival of the project which is a controversial one for communities in St Margaret's and Portmarnock.

Reviewing they year that the industry had in 2015, the IAA chief, Eamonn Brennan said: '2015 was a great year for the Irish aviation industry and this is reflected in landmark one million flights that were safely and efficiently handled by the IAA.

'Of particular note was the dramatic growth experienced at Dublin Airport.

'Dublin Airport is now operating at 2008 levels and there is a pressing need to construct a new parallel runway at Dublin Airport as soon as possible.

'There was also very strong growth in our transatlantic traffic, driven by the strength of the dollar and the low cost of oil.

'Cork and Shannon have had a number of announcements of new services in recent months, which should see those figures rise in 2016. All in all, I am very pleased with our performance in 2015 and am optimistic for another year of robust growth in 2016.'

In 2015 the Irish Aviation Authority safely and efficiently managed 1 million flights, up 5.6% on 2014. This equated to an average of 2,811 flights every day managed by the IAA at Irish State airports, through Irish airspace and on the North Atlantic.

Dublin air traffic increased by 10% in 2015, when compared to the previous year, while Ireland's en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) increased by 5.4%.

The IAA's North Atlantic Communications service also recorded strong growth of 5.3% in 2015.

In December, 2015, total flights in Irish airspace increased by 12.8% when compared to December 2014.

There was an average of 1,412 daily flights during December 2015, with the busiest day being December 18 with 1,778 flights in Irish airspace.

There was a significant increase of 17.3% in Ireland's en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) to 25,353 movements during December 2015 - the largest monthly increase recorded in 2015.

The IAA's North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe / North America) also saw a very significant increase of 12.4% to 34,676 flights in December 2015, when compared to the same month in 2014.

In relation to international arrivals and departures, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by 7.5% in December 2015, when compared to December 2014. The figures for those airports show that Dublin was up 9.3%, with an average of 467 commercial daily movements.