passenger numbers at Dublin airport are now higher than 2005 levels (i.e. when Terminal 2 was under construction). Yet on this site we had the likes of Keith M screaming for it to be tore down the second the recession it. Now there is stable growth in passenger numbers.
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with passenger numbers on the rise should the DAA and department of Transport be looking at building the previously proposed new runway.
The new longer runway could accommodate larger aircraft and open up more routes to the west of North America, The far East and Latin America. With our existing US preclearance facilities the government could persuade Turkish, Etihad, Emerites, Air India etc. to use Dublin as a stop over for their US bound routes. Even some Eastern European airlines could be persuaded to land there. The extra business at Dublin airport would relieve some of the DAAs debt burden and help pay off Terminal 2 and the new Cork terminal.
It'd be a comparatively cheap infrastructure project to invest in with potentially massive returns. The only thing is there is a sort of parish pump mentality about expansion at the airport, the current 10/28 runway was underdesigned so as to protect Shannon from competition. I suspect that is why a new runway was not included in the capital expenditure plan.