Skids put under airport runway plan

by Gazette Reporter
Dublin Airport

FINGAL County Council has sought further information from Dublin Airport on its application to amend night flight conditions for its new runway.

The Dublin Airport Authority wants two planning conditions limiting the number of take offs and landings between 11pm and 7am eased.

As the local planning authority the council has asked for more detail on the request to allow the e320m strip to be used between 6am and midnight with a noise quota system used to dictate the number of night-time flights.

In a 70-page report the local authority has asked the DAA to predict the noise impacts over a 15-year period allowing consideration for the locations which will potentially be the worst affected.

The council has also asked the DAA to provide information on the number of people who will be “highly annoyed” or “highly sleep disturbed” by ground and air noise.

In excess of 200 submissions have been lodged, some expressing concern at the noise impact for neighbours if night-flights are increased – including one from Green Party Minister Roderic O’Gorman and MEPs Clare Daly and Ciaran Cuffe.

The Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA), established by Fingal County Council last year, has determined that the easing of restrictions will result in a “noise problem”.

The ANCA has stated that the application proposes a situation “where some people will experience elevated levels of night time noise exposure for the first time which may be considered harmful to human health”.

The submissions also include support from 20 airline carriers serving Dublin Airport who want the restrictions to be lifted as well as Dublin Chamber, IDA Ireland and IBEC.

The runway is due to open next year.

Related Articles