Dublin Airport planning application for new ‘plane-spotting’ facility

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin Airport has submitted a planning application to create a new dedicated viewing area for the public to watch planes take off and land at the airport’s runways.

The proposed Aircraft Observation Facility will be located on the site of the current informal airport viewing point on Old Airport Road, locally known as “The Mound”. The site which has provided plane viewing for over 40 years, and is notably owned by Dublin Airport.

The facility will provide a more comfortable and safe space for the community to view aircraft movements, with a clear view of the south runway (10R/28L) and the cross-wind runway (16/34) at the capital’s busy airport.

Facilities include a dedicated car park with 22 parking spaces (including two spaces for people with reduced mobility and two dedicated family spaces), bike parking, and an elevated covered platform with seating. The facility will be fully-lit, with power provided by solar panels located on the site.

Gary McLean, MD of Dublin Airport said: “Aircraft observation facilities are a feature of airports around the world. As well as providing a plane-spotting platform, the facilities also create an interface between the airport and the local community, helping aviation enthusiasts to engage with the airport by observing aircraft movements and airport operations.“It’s time now to put a more formal facility in place,” he said. “It’s a rite of passage for kids in Dublin to be taken to ‘The Mound’ to watch the planes landing and taking off at the airport. This new facility would make it safer and more enjoyable for users and we think it’s a facility that the local community will enjoy,” he concluded.

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