Area 14 is back in action as Dublin Airport commence plan to bring more natural light into T1

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  • Check-in desks 6, 7 and 8 will close
  • Area 14 back in action
Area 14 in 2008

Entrance to Area 14 in 2007

Dublin Airport commenced an upgrade of its departure floor Monday Sept 18 and the underground Area 14 is being called back into action.

Check-in desks 6, 7 and 8 have been closed until the third week in December, along with some ticket desks, and access through departures door 1 curtailed. Passengers wil be redirected to other desks and an airport spokesperson said Area 14 will be used in some instances for the duration of the project for check-in purposes.

Some check-in facilities being moved for a time to check-in area 14, which is located in the lower ground floor of T1 below the Arrivals Hall.

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dublin-airport-inside-t1_3195Originally built to serve an underground railway link to the airport which nevr went ahead, it was last used prior to the construction of Terminal 2 in 2007 when some Aer Lingus check-in facilities were moved there.

Dublin Airport says the last of the original tiling laid when Terminal I opened in 1972 will be removed as part of the €10m upgrade project.

A new wooden and tile fascia will be fitted to walls and ticket desks currently situated in some window areas will be removed to create more light and space. New flooring, a replacement ceiling and a new look will be introduced.

Dublin Airport’s Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said this final piece of work will see a significant improvement in the Departures area.“When completed, the Arrivals Hall will also be brighter, more spacious and modern. All restaurants will be located in one area while services such as the Tourist Information Office, Bus, Travel and the Information Desk will be grouped together making the floor layout more user-friendly and intuitive for customers. This new, brighter floor tile will significantly improve the look and feel of the Departures area. With the Arrivals Hall upgrade well under way, our goal is to create a greatly enhanced passenger experience for all our customers travelling through Terminal 1. The project is part of an overall programme to modernise Terminal 1 and enhance the overall passenger experience. Terminal 1 is 44 years old and has handled 400m passengers during that time.”

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