News of Capex at Dublin Airport.
The Government will appoint Fingal Co. Council as the Airport Noise Regulator allowing current EU noise limits to become legal in Ireland. This will allow DAA to go back to ABP looking for the operation time restrictions imposed to be replaced with a clause saying that EU noise restrictions have to be adhered to. As 'planes have got quieter and quieter, these limits are relatively easy to achieve for a modern airport.
Note the Shinner opposing for the sake of opposing at the end, not giving a fúck for the greater economic good,
Cabinet supports plans for new runway at Dublin Airport
Updated / Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018 15:53
The Taoiseach has confirmed that the Cabinet has agreed to support Dublin Airport Authority's plan to construct a new runway at Dublin Airport.
Speaking in the Dáil Leo Varadkar said it was very important for the economy, tourism and business.
DAA announced plans for the 3,110 metre runway, to be build north of the existing runway, in 2016.
The project is estimated to cost €320 million.
Planning permission was originally granted for a new runway in 2007, but that project was shelved due to the economic downturn and a decline in passenger numbers.
However, the number of people travelling through the airport has increased significantly.
Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said the Government intends to appoint Fingal County Council as the independent Airport Noise Regulator.
They will operate in accordance with EU regulations, which sets out how the impact of airport noise should be managed and monitored at all major European airports.
The matter was raised by Sinn Féin TD Louise Reilly, who said local residents wanted existing noise restrictions to be retained, rather than be replaced with less restrictive EU noise restrictions.
Separately, the DAA have presented their 3 year construction programme which envisges them spending € 300m a year (€900m in toto) on various construction projects, between 2018 and 2020, including the aforementioned runway, a new metro station, and a tunnel to the west apron to allow busing of passengers to remote stands without surface crossing the field.
https://www.independent.ie/business/iri ... 37396.html
DAA seeks to spend €300m a year on airport works
January 28 2018 6:00 PM
Dublin Airport will undergo major building work in the coming years, with the airport authority preparing to double its spend on construction.
DAA last week presented its 2018 to 2020 construction programme to major contracting companies, many of which are likely to bid for the lucrative contract that will be on offer.
The State company told the contractors that it is spending approximately €150m a year on capital projects but that this will double to €300m a year. It will be entitled to recover this through charges, which are set at more than €10 per passenger.
The airport has grown significantly over the last year, with a total of 29.6 million passengers travelling in 2017, up 6pc on 2016, marking the seventh consecutive year of growth.
DAA said construction projects would include terminal infrastructure, pier development, apron space, surface access development and a possible tunnel to the west apron area of the airport.
Other projects would include its Dublin Airport Central commercial development and a possible metro station. This would all take place alongside the building of the major northern parallel runway, for which tenders are due back in June of this year. A new noise insulation project would also kick off in 2018, it said.
Ongoing projects at the airport include the overlay of the main runway, a new transfer facility at Terminal 2 and a major revamp of Terminal 1.
DAA told the building companies building companies that the pipeline of upcoming capital projects had been broken into lots whereby no one project would exceed €30m in value.
The presentation also outlined how the regulatory system under which the airport operates requires planning of projects to take place up to seven years before delivery. The budget for projects is also agreed up to seven years "before execution" and "cost certainty is key". Builders will need public liability insurance worth €127m to work on airside projects at the airport.