Dublin Airport T1 Departures resurfaced as part of €10m spending programme

  • 440m passengers have used T1 since 1972
  • Revamp part of €10m upgrade programme for terminal
  • DAA says access to security screening now improved


The DAA has completed work on resurfacing the Departures floor of Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1 – removing some tiles which have been in place for 46 years.

The work was one element of a €10m programme to modernise the Arrivals and Departures areas and to enhance the passenger experience.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “This was a challenging project as it was conducted in a live environment while the terminal remained operational. Terminal 1 has welcomed over 440m passengers since it first opened its doors in 1972, and while parts of the floor had been upgraded several times over the past four decades, in some areas the original tiling was still in place.

“The age of the building meant that this project was a complex one – there were seven different floor tiles used in various upgrade works over the years on the Departures level alone.”

The makeover also included a replacement ceiling, the removal of ticket desks at window areas to bring more natural light into the terminal, improvements to the façade, upgraded toilet facilities and the installation of a new fully accessible Changing Places toilet.

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“The overall renovation of the Arrivals and Departures Floors allows for much more natural light into both parts of the terminal, which addresses one of the main issues raised in feedback from our passengers,” Mr Harrison said.

The DAA said the refurbishment “ensures a better flow of passenger movement between different parts of the terminal, improved lines to the security screening areas and escalators and clearer wayfinding signage for passengers”.

The T1 refurbishment also contributes to Dublin Airport’s ongoing sustainability programme. Lighting has been upgraded to sustainable and environmentally friendly LED lighting, while the new floor surface is cleaned using approved, sustainable cleaning agents.

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