March 25, 2023

This week will mark a brand new period for Dublin Airport. The airport’s third runway (28R/10L) will open this Wednesday twenty fourth. The mission has been lengthy awaited, after the Dublin Airport Authority was granted planning permission for the positioning in 2007.

A brand new runway wanted

Dublin’s fundamental runway 28L/10R was formally opened on the twenty first of June 1989 by the then Taoiseach Charles Haughey. Since then, it has accounted for 95% of all take-offs and landings. This runway is the longest of the 2 present runways standing at 2,637m/ 8,652ft.

The opposite runway, named the “crosswind runway”, is 16/34. This runway isn’t used and is simply wanted throughout adversarial climate circumstances. In 2011, the DAA closed its shortest runway, 11/29 and transformed it into an plane parking space. Nonetheless, Dublin’s runways are at capability, and the airport’s future is dependent upon a brand new runway.


The brand new North Runway is ready to open subsequent week. Picture: daa

Lengthy awaited

Dublin’s plans for a North Runway could be traced again to 1968, by an airfield planning map that set out its long-term aim for runway growth. Nonetheless, just one runway was constructed and opened in 1989.

A historic map from 1968 reveals a imaginative and prescient for Dublins parallel runways. Picture: Dublin Aviation Authority.

Since planning permission was granted in 2007, the development has been delayed and pushed again fairly a bit. Eire’s 2008 recession and the financial crash was a major issue on this. Moreover, the residents have been involved about plane noise through the early mornings and evenings.

Resulting from these considerations, the native County Council has carried out some restrictions on the runway operation. Situation 3(d) states that North Runway can’t be used for landings or take-offs between 11 pm and seven am, while Situation 5 locations a 65 motion cap proper throughout the airfield throughout the identical 11 pm to 7 am interval.

Again in 2019, Dublin Airport averaged 100 flights between the hours of 11 pm and seven am. The cap of 65 actions is airport-wide and would profoundly influence the airport’s operation. Nonetheless, the DAA utilized to the council to handle these considerations. They proposed that the runway be solely used between 6 am and midnight, and they’d fund the insulation of native homes affected. The whole insulation value for native houses is reported to be €6m.


Building started on the brand new North Runway in December 2016 – 9 years after preliminary planning permission was granted. Building package deal one was accomplished with a revamp of the native roads surrounding the airport. The “Naul Highway” was diverted north of the apron to permit house for the runway. Additionally included within the development package deal one was an archeological survey.

The development of the runway started in 2016. Picture: Dublin Airport Authority.

Building package deal two included the detailed design, development, testing, commissioning and completion of the three,110m runway, taxiways and related infrastructure. Through the runway development, the edge of Runway 16 was revamped to accommodate North Runway. Throughout this time, runway 16/34 was closed.

It may also be famous that through the development of the North Runway, it was found that the fabric used on the runway’s floor was unusable and subsequently needed to be altered for plane to land on it.


In response to the Dublin Airport Authority,

“North Runway will likely be positioned 1.69km to the north, and parallel, to the present fundamental 10/28 runway. Will probably be able to dealing with all plane varieties as much as Code F plane. To satisfy this operational transient, the runway will likely be 3,110m lengthy and 75m broad with a parallel taxiway positioned to the south linked into the present taxiway community.”

When the North Runway is solely operational, Dublin Airport would be the solely airport on the Island of Eire to have the ability to settle for parallel touchdown and departures.

When North Runway is absolutely operational, Dublin would be the solely airport in Eire in a position to facilitate parallel landings. Picture: Dublin Airport

The Irish Aviation Authority lays out the deliberate operational levels of the runway in 3 phases. The IAA additionally units out progressively scheduled hours of operation. The hours of operations are 0900-1100, 0900-1300, 0700-1300 and eventually 0700-1800.

Section one will start on the twenty fourth of August and can initially function segregated runway procedures. This process implies that one runway will likely be used for departures, and the opposite will likely be used for arrivals. Throughout section one, North Runway will function departures from 7 am to six pm; from 6:01 pm, 28L/10R will function each arrivals and departures.

Section two will start on the eighth of September and can accommodate arrivals. Section three will likely be from March 2023. Dublin Airport will likely be working parallel runways, which incorporates simultaneous departures and arrivals.

What do you consider the opening of the brand new North Runway? Remark under.

Supply: RTÉ Information

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