Aer Lingus wish list for DAA: new Pier 5, double CBP capacity, remote stands for US flights

  • Aer Lingus want a new Pier 5 in the south apron 
  • Improved Dual Code Taxiway access to south apron
  • Centralised US CBP facility to double peak hour capacity
  • US CBP/TSA processed flights to depart from remote stands, Pier 3, Pier 4 and the new Pier 5
  • 17 narrow body stands on south apron (contact and remote)
  • New baggage transfer infrastructure 
  • Report says 33,950 jobs could be created
  • Hub would boost Irish GDP by €18.6bn from 2018 to 2033
  • Plan would be funded through passenger charges
  • Airport passenger numbers would rise to 35m by 2033

Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said the development of Dublin as a hub should be funded through passenger charges.

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A study by EY, commissioned by the airline, said that €6bn would flow to the Exchequer over the next 15 years, through passenger spending and the creation of 33,950 jobs, 26,990 of them in tourism. The EY report reckons that 1,147 jobs would also be created during the construction phase.

The report said Dublin already has a number of advantages, including the fact that network carriers are already operating at the airport; it has a large route network; Ireland has a geographical advantage in the transatlantic market; and US Pre-Clearance is “a significant advantage”.

EY Partner Simon MacAllister with Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh, September 12, 2018

The report – presented by EY Partner Simon MacAllister in Dublin – claimed that increased load factors would reduce the average cost per passenger, “thus leading to cheaper fares.  Pooled demand will also lead to increased frequency and improved sustainability on existing routes.”

Dublin Airport is currently experiencing 6pc growth in passenger numbers year on year.  The report is based on the development of Dublin as a hub bringing an additional 5m passengers by 2033

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Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said: “Dublin Airport has a number of the characteristics of a successful hub, but new infrastructure is needed to fully realise the potential.  We have had constructive engagement with the DAA and we understand they are likely to propose hub infrastructure development within the Capital Investment Programme for the next regulatory period 2020-2024.  We welcome this development.. The opportunity [for Dublin as a hub]will be forgone unless we can invest and build in a timely manner.”

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