15,160 complaints over aircraft noise last year in north Dublin

by Sylvia Pownall

There was a ten-fold increase in noise complaints at Dublin Airport last year, with one individual lodging almost 8,000 grievances.

In all, there were 15,160 complaints about noise from aircraft on take-off and landing from January to December 2019, compared with 1,453 the previous year.

One person from Ongar lodged more than 7,700 complaints, averaging 21 a day, according to figures published by Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

This total included 4,554 in July alone, averaging 147 daily complaints during the airport’s busiest month, while another person registered a total of 3,435 complaints.

An airport spokesperson said the DAA had engaged directly with the two individuals who made the most complaints.

There were 37 grievances from people in Swords, 27 from residents in Portmarnock, 25 from people living in Hollystown, 20 from St Margaret’s and 13 from Tyrrelstown.

Overall, the number of individuals who lodged complaints was down, with 284 in 2019, compared to 293 during 2018.

Monthly breakdowns of the figures show there were 623 in January (up from 63 in 2018), 404 in February (up from 83), 749 in March (up from 50), 446 in April (up from 44), 812 in May (up from 100) and 783 in June (56 in 2018).

The number of complaints peaked in July at 4,918 (up from 89), with 1,158 in August (up from 168), 2,554 in September (up from 132) and 2,354 in October (up from 91). November and December, at 120 and 239 respectively, recorded a decrease.

Meanwhile, UK coach operator National Express has confirmed it will begin operating three routes between Dublin Airport and the city centre from March, creating 70 jobs.

The company has been awarded a contract to run a “high-frequency, cross-city network of coach services” providing direct links from suburbs to the airport.

The Dublin Express service will be operated by Bernard Kavanagh Coaches on the UK firm’s behalf, with the first three routes running on a 24/7 basis.

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