30 APRIL 2018
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A main contractor is set to be appointed this autumn so work can begin on Dublin Airport’s new North Runway project, operating company daa said last week. Chief executive Dalton Philips said it was “the most important thing Ireland will build in a generation”.
Philips, speaking as daa, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, released its annual results for 2017, said the new runway would be vital to Ireland’s economic well-being for decades to come.
“(It) will be Ireland’s new path to the world, and will help to position the country to compete globally in a post-Brexit environment. It will underpin the growth of Irish tourism, trade, and foreign direct investment for the benefit of the entire country.”
Work should begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Construction is due to be complete in early 2021 and this will be followed by a nine-month commissioning phase before the runway opens.
In tandem with the construction works, daa said it would continue to work to change the permitted operation of the new runway by seeking to amend two restrictive noise conditions on the airport’s operation during the night and early-morning peaks.
Philips said the restrictions would cost 14,700 jobs within 20 years of the new runway opening.
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