February 2019

daa North Runway Kicks Off

Dublin Airport’s North runway project performed official sod-turning this week (February 14), with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Shane Ross, Minister for transport tourism and sport in Ireland performing the official duties.

L to R: Miguel Mayor; Santiago Farré Dot; John Duggan; Alan Farrell; Leo Varadkar; Dr. James Reilly; Anthony Lavin; Shane Ross; Dalton Philips; Conor Gilligan; Juan Manuel Dochao; Paraic McCarthy

The airport’s €320 million runway project, funded through a combination of Dublin Airport Authority’s (daa) own revenues and borrowings, is contracted to the Roadbridge/FCC Joint Venture.

The 3.1-kilometre runway will be located almost 1.7-kilometres north of Dublin Airport’s current main runway. Construction is expected to take two years supporting the creation of 31,200 new Irish jobs.

Mr Varadkar said: “This new runway is part of the government’s €116 billion Project Ireland 2040 plan to modernise infrastructure, remove bottlenecks and enable future growth. Connectivity is one of the principles behind Project Ireland, linking Ireland to the world and all parts of Ireland to each other.”

The contract includes building 306,000 square metres of new runway and taxiways, six-kilometres of new internal airport roads with two new electricity substations. New drainage and pollution controls will also be installed, as well as roughly eight-kilometres of electrical cable, 11-kilometres of CCTV cable and more than 2,100 new runway and taxiway lights.

Dalton Philips, chief executive for DAA, said: “Annual traffic has grown from five-million passengers in 1989, when Runway 10/28 opened, to a record 31.5 million passengers last year (2018). North Runway will enable continued expansion and connectivity growth at Dublin Airport in the decades ahead.”

Construction will take about two years and a nine-month period of commissioning will then take place. North Runway will support the creation of 31,200 new Irish jobs and €2.2 billion in additional economic activity by 2043.

The Roadbridge/FCC Project Team from L-R: Cathal O’Kane; Stephen Salvin; Conor Gilligan; Juan Miguel Dochao; David Frizell; John Duggan; Gawaine Yates; Miguel Mayor; Santiago Farré Dot; Paraic McCarthy

Ross said the new runway would have a significant impact for tourism by making it easier to visit Ireland from overseas.

“The extra capacity that will be delivered by North Runway is excellent news for Irish tourism,” he enthused.

“The North Runway, which is a key investment within Project Ireland 2040, is strategically important for the entire country and we need to deliver it as quickly as possible.

“It will bring new airlines to Ireland and allow airlines that operate here already to expand their networks. This will open up new long-haul and short-haul markets and provide a greater choice of routes and airlines.”

More than 300 construction workers will be employed onsite and hundreds of jobs will also be created by related activities offsite. Roadbridge FCC will be working closely with daa and Fingal-based development company Empower to fill as many positions as possible from within the local community.