Green Minister opposes more night flights at Dublin Airport

by Gazette Reporter

A Government Minister based in west Dublin is among those who have objected to increased night flight activity at Dublin Airport.

Green Party Minister Roderic O’Gorman says the proposed relaxation of rules around curfews and aircraft movements threaten the peace and quiet of neighbouring residents.

In a submission he states: “As things currently stand, the opening of the North Runway, in conjunction with the restrictions which were made a condition of the planning permission for that runway, would result in a reduction in noise levels experienced by many people.

“Rejecting this proposal and maintaining the current restrictions is what residents prefer.”

In December the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) submitted a planning application to Fingal County Council requesting that its new runway be allowed operate for two additional hours at night.

The original planning conditions attached to the 2007 decision to grant permission rule that no flights can take off or land between 11pm and 7am.

Runway North, a 3.1m landing strip costing e320million, is due to open next year. To date around 250 submissions have been lodged on the planning application to amend night flight rules.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus have lodged submissions in favour of the application, as has Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber states: “We welcome the proposals put forward by the airport in the planning application as striking a balance… while ensuring that the airport maintains its competitive edge.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) said it will commence an assessment of the noise situation at Dublin Airport following a planning application.

It said: “ANCA is responsible for ensuring that noise generated by aircraft activity at Dublin Airport is assessed in accordance with EU and Irish legislation. In its assessment of the noise situation at Dublin Airport, ANCA will ensure that the ICAO Balanced Approach to Aircraft Noise Management is adopted.

“As part of its assessment, ANCA will hold a 14-week public consultation after publishing a draft regulatory decision. All feedback provided will be considered by ANCA prior to the making of a final regulatory decision.

“Further information on the public consultation will be announced following the initial stage of ANCA’s assessment process.”

The Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019 designated Fingal County Council as the competent authority for aircraft noise regulation at Dublin Airport. The Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) was established by Fingal County Council in 2019.

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