DAA chief executive, Kevin Toland, has confirmed that work is under way at the site of Dublin Airport’s proposed €320 million runway.
The 3,110 metre runway is expected to be delivered in 2020 and has the potential to open up connectivity to a range of long-haul destinations, particularly in fast growing economies in Asia, Africa and South America.
In January the DAA confirmed record passengers numbers at Dublin Airport in 2016, with a 11% increase to 27.9 million passengers – more than four times the population of the island of Ireland.
Passenger traffic to and from continental Europe, which is Dublin Airport’s largest market segment, increased by 11% to a record 14.2 million in 2016. The number of passengers travelling between Dublin and British destinations also reached record levels in 2016, as UK traffic increased by 12% to 9.9 million.
Transatlantic traffic was the fastest-growing segment of the market last year as a record 2.9 million passengers travelled between Dublin and North America, which was a 16% increase on the previous year.
Nineteen new routes were introduced during the year and additional capacity was added on 31 existing services through extra flights or the use of larger aircraft.
Dublin Airport was the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity in 2016 after Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. During the peak summer season, the airport had 48 flights per day to and from 11 cities in the United States and five Canadian destinations.
Dublin Airport, which is Ireland’s key international gateway, has direct flights to over 180 destinations in 40 countries on four continents.