Dublin Airport Chief Claims Dublin Airport Passenger Cap Could be Raised Within Two Years

The Chief Executive of Dublin Airport says he is hopeful that the airport's passenger cap of 32m passengers per year can be raised to 40m within the next two years

The Chief Executive of Dublin Airport says he is hopeful that the airport’s passenger cap of 32m passengers per year can be raised to 40m within the next two years.

DAA Chief Executive Kenny Jacobs told Ireland’s Oireachtas Transport Committee that while he is “not a planning expert” he is “hoping we can get the 40m approved within the next two years”.

This is contrary to his former employer’s claims that the application to raise the cap will take five years. Mr Jacobs was formerly Chief Marketing Officer at Ryanair.

Mr Jacobs raises his concerns regarding the existing 32m passenger cap claiming that unless it is raised the airport “may be forced into a breach” before the end of 2024.

It was stated that Dublin Airport processed 120,000 passengers in one day alone.

Mr Jacobs insisted that Dublin Airport complied with the 32m cap in 2023, however both DAA’s own corporate statistics and those of the Department of Transport showed that the cap had been breached by 1.5m passengers.

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