Dublin Airport is getting a boost to ease runway restrictions

Dublin Airport’s operator has cleared a major hurdle with its bid to lift restrictions on the airport’s new €320m runway.

This follows the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) established by Fingal County Council to support the DAA’s move to append two planning conditions to the 2007 planning approval for the modified runway.

Before the runway is operational, DAA is seeking amendments to the original 2007 runway planning permit that would allow use of the 1.9-mile (3.1 km) runway between 6 a.m. and midnight and would use a noise quota system to dictate the number of night flights the airport.

The 2007 building permit restricts flights between 11pm and 7am.

Now the ANCA has recommended in its decision to make the changes to the building permit proposed by the DAA. The ANCA also recommends that eligible homes near the airport qualify for a voluntary housing benefit program and receive €20,000 from the DAA for the cost of bedroom noise insulation in the homes.

ANCA made its recommendation following a public consultation from November 11 to February 28 this year, during which ANCA received 1,382 submissions, the vast majority of which opposed the proposed changes.

A spokesman for the DAA said yesterday: “ANCA’s recommendations on noise management at Dublin Airport are in line with best international practice, with very restrictive flight limits being replaced by a more sophisticated noise management system.”

The airport operator has submitted a simultaneous planning application to Fingal County Council to apply for the 2007 planning permit changes.

However, the ANCA decision was suspended after the Malahide Community Forum appealed to An Bord Pleanála and a decision is due in November.

In support of its decision to recommend changes to the conditions attached to the 2007 planning permission, ANCA states that the noise rating system proposed by the DAA “will limit the impact of aircraft noise at Dublin Airport on the communities surrounding the airport”.

Regarding the recommendation to operate the runway from 6 a.m. to midnight instead of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., ANCA stated that running the runway from 6 a.m. to midnight “restricts the operation of the runway and Runways at Dublin Airport will be eased in a way that minimizes the impact of nighttime noise on communities around Dublin Airport, particularly those newly affected by nighttime aircraft noise”

DAA advisers, InterVistas, have warned the Irish economy will lose 5,170 jobs and €392 million in positive economic impacts by the end of 2023 if “problematic” planning restrictions on the airport’s new runway are not lifted.

In an objection to the DAA plan, Dublin West TD Roderic O’Gorman has branded the noise levels that local residents will be exposed to if planning restrictions are lifted as ‘unacceptable’.

The DAA application is supported by a number of airlines.

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