Around 13 airlines, including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Qatar Air, AirFrance/KLM, Emirates, Etihad Air, Stobart Air and Ireland’s newest airline, Emerald Airlines have voiced their support for the removal of the runway restrictions at Dublin Airport.
Some 13 airline, including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Qatar Air, AirFrance/KLM, Emirates, Etihad Air, Stobart Air and Ireland’s newest airline, Emerald Airlines, have written to the local council in support of DAA’s application.
The current planning conditions state that the runway will not be used at night between 11pm and 7am and that night-time operations not exceed 65 flights on average when it is complete, however the airport is asking that the new 3.1km runway be used between 6am and midnight and that a noise quota system, which applies at airports such as Heathrow, Brussels and Madrid would be used to dictate the number of night-time flights.
Aer Lingus’s Director of Corporate affairs, Niall Timlin said: “A failure to amend the current restrictions in their current format will undermine future investment decisions at Dublin Airport which has the potential to create a downward spiral of reducing passenger numbers and spiralling costs.”
Femke Kroes, Commercial Director for Air France/KLM UK and Ireland said: “Close to 50% of our revenues in Ireland comes from early departure and late outbound flights, therefore connectivity is key.”