Major expansion programme underway at Dublin Airport

A major surge in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport has led to a further €20m being invested in new aircraft taxiing lanes and parking stands.

Aer Lingus flight at Dublin Airport

Aer Lingus flight at Dublin Airport. Image by Brian Lawless/PA Wire. The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is to use an area the same size as 15 football pitches in its bid to keep up with the pace of its business growth.

The Irish Independent reports that the authority decided on the added facilities following the clinching of extra flights announced by five airlines this year. The new deals with Ethiopian Airlines, Vueling, WOW Air, Transavia and Finnair, means increased demands by crafts for facilities to park and to take off and land.

Up to 100 aircraft come and go during the busy morning peak between 6am and 8am at Dublin Airport. The expansion will allow a smoother and more efficient operation of that increased traffic, according to a spokesman. The work is due to be completed within 13 months.

Airport passenger numbers grew at Ireland's largest airport by 8% to 21.7 million last year.

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