Residents to oppose Dublin runway plans

Tuesday 12 October 2004 19.44
Dublin Airport - Plans for new runway
Dublin Airport - Plans for new runway

Residents living close to Dublin Airport say they will object to a planned new runway at the airport.

Uproar, a group based in Portmarnock, says additional noise, air and water pollution, along with increased traffic in the area, will add to problems already experienced by those living close to the airport.

Earlier, the Dublin Airport Authority announced details of plans for a new runway to be built by 2010.

The authority says the new runway costing over €130 million will be needed by the end of the decade to cope with increased passenger numbers, which currently stand at 17 million. That figure is expected to rise to 30 million in the next 12 years.

The proposed runway will be located 1.7km north of and parallel to the existing runway, and will be built on airport-owned land.

A public consultation process has resumed in advance of the planning application being submitted.

The Dublin Airport Authority says the new runway is essential for the future development of the airport, which it says supports 39,000 jobs nationwide.

The DAA predicts that jobs and income generated by the airport could increase by 30% if the runway goes ahead. The authority says an increase in landing charges will be necessary to help fund the project.

The DAA has also called on the Government to speed up its decision on the construction of a second terminal, which it says is essential for the development of the airport.