Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomed today’s High Court ruling to dismiss three legal challenges against plans for a new €320 million runway at Dublin Airport. The second runway has been deemed vital by business, as it aligns with plans of the DAA to turn the airport into an international hub, offering high quality international connectivity to and from Ireland.
Ibec Planning and Infrastructure Policy Executive Órla Casey stated: “We want Ireland to be an attractive place to do business, create jobs and invest. The proposed second runway at Dublin Airport is a vital piece of infrastructure and critical for the Irish economy to achieve this. It is crucial for both trade and tourism and is particularly important in a post-Brexit context. The Government must ensure the airport has the appropriate operational flexibility to facilitate this growth in connectivity.
“Recent growth in passenger numbers has meant that the airport is often at full capacity during peak periods. Completion of the proposed North Runway by 2020 will help to relieve this. International connectivity needs to be consistently improved, expanding tourism and trading opportunities globally. Increased strong growth in frequencies and services at Dublin Airport will play an essential role in our economic prosperity. This investment is vital not just for today or tomorrow, but to ensure the growth or our economy for the next 50 years.”