We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

busy busy

Dublin Airport will be getting busier next year - Aer Lingus says too busy

“Significant improvements need to be made to the existing infrastructure before any increase in capacity during the peak hours should be declared.”

AER LINGUS HAS warned that Dublin Airport will see more and more delays as the number of passengers increases.

The Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) today released its decision paper on increasing peak-hour capacity at the airport.

The CAR has decided that there will be one extra departure from Dublin in peak morning hours and a number of changes to takeoffs during the day.

The CAR has also approved:

“An increase in the hourly limit on the number of departing passengers in Terminals 1 and 2 from 3,375 and 3,450, respectively, to 3,700 in each and an increased hourly limit on the number of arriving passengers in Terminal 1 from 3,390 to 3,550.”

Five submissions – from Cathay Pacific, Icelandic Air, Dublin Airport, FedEx, and Lufthansa – supported the decision, but Aer Lingus says that it is against the plan.

In a statement, it said:

“Dublin Airport is already congested and the airfield, taxiway and stand capacity is inadequate to meet current traffic levels. Significant improvements need to be made to the existing infrastructure before any increase in capacity during the peak hours should be declared.

The CAR has itself acknowledged that an increase in the parameters determining capacity at Dublin will lead to an increase in airport related-delays which are already at an unacceptable level.

“These operational delays will have a disproportionate impact on Aer Lingus, which has increasing numbers of guests connecting at Dublin. This will also damage Dublin Airport’s reputation as a connecting hub for travel between Europe and North America.”

The airline said that delays could affect its expansion plans at the airport.

A DAA spokesperson said:

“The Commission for Aviation Regulation does not agree with the claims made by Aer Lingus given the decision that it made in relation to capacity.. The vast majority of airlines operating at Dublin Airport were in favour of the changes and regulator has supported their view.

“The decision by CAR will allow for increased competition between both new and existing airlines operating at Dublin, which is good news for passengers.”

Read: Ryanair cancels 22 flights a week to and from Dublin

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel