A third terminal at Dublin Airport will be among the future options to be examined in a review of the capacity needs of Ireland’s State airports. The study to look at Irish airport needs up to 2050 will be undertaken by Oxford Economics and Cambridge Economics Policy Associates (CEPA).
In the case of Dublin Airport, the review is expected to recommend the timeframe for the development of new terminal capacity – Terminal 3 – and its appropriate design and optimum location.
It will also assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of the funding and operation of Terminal 3 by the existing airport operator compared to being operated on an independent basis.
In a statement from Shane Ross Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport said: “Ireland depends on air travel and aviation for our links with the rest of the world, both socially and economically.”
“I have asked that this review consider the development of the three State airports to 2050 because, in these times of increasing uncertainty, ensuring that our airports are prepared for the longer term is more important than ever.”
He added “That is why I have prioritised the need for an assessment on the capacity requirements at the airports, including the merits of a third independent terminal at Dublin Airport.”
The review, which was announced by the Minister last September, will examine the capacity requirements to meet forecasted passenger throughput to 2050 at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports and identify priorities for infrastructure provision.
Ireland is already ensuring that in the medium term, our State airports have sufficient capacity for growth, particularly with the ongoing North Runway Project at Dublin Airport which will be operational early in the new decade.