The first commercial flight has taken off from Dublin Airport’s new €320m runway.
he 3.1-kilometer runway began operations on Wednesday afternoon with the departure of a Ryanair flight to Eindhoven.
It was delivered on time and on budget at no cost to the Treasury as it was paid for by the Dublin Airport Authority.
The airport operator said the runway, about 1.7 kilometers north of the existing main runway, will support 31,200 new jobs and more than two billion euros in new economic activity.
Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton said the new runway will provide “much needed capacity” and allow Dublin Airport to rebuild the airport and improve links with the island of Ireland.
“The new runway is a critical piece of infrastructure that will allow Dublin Airport to expand and provide the necessary capacity to connect key existing and emerging global markets,” she said.
“I would like to commend all the hard working staff and management at DAA for completing such an important national infrastructure project on budget.”
DAA Managing Director Dalton Philips described the opening of the North Runway as an “exciting milestone” for Dublin Airport and Ireland.
He said it was a “unique piece of vital national infrastructure” that positioned Ireland for economic growth for many decades to come.
“The addition of the North Runway will further strengthen Dublin Airport’s role as a major economic driver for Irish tourism, trade and foreign direct investment,” he said.
Construction began in late December 2016 and was essentially completed last year.
It included the construction of 306,000 square meters of new runways and taxiways, six kilometers of new internal airport roads, as well as the installation of new drainage and pollution controls, 7.5 kilometers of electrical wiring and more than 2,000 new runway and taxiway lights.
During the construction project, around 300 construction jobs were created on site, with hundreds more at supplier companies off site.
The new runway will be able to serve larger long-haul aircraft, including Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A 380-800 aircraft.
The development of the North Runway has been part of Dublin Airport’s long-term strategic planning and land use prioritization since the 1960s.
It fulfills an important mandate of the government’s national aviation policy, allowing Dublin Airport to develop into an international hub for leading airlines and enhancing the connectivity of the Irish island economy.
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