Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Airport Development Projects
526. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a third terminal for Dublin Airport; his further views on whether one is needed; if so, his views on whether it should be run by the DAA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35792/16]
My Department recently published a request for tenders for the provision of consultancy services to review the Future Capacity Needs at Ireland's State Airports. The review is about planning for the long-term development of Ireland's State Airports to 2050. For each of the three airports, the study will identify the priorities and recommended timeframe for new infrastructure development or adjustments to existing infrastructure to pre-empt any constraints on growth arising from lack of capacity.In relation to Dublin Airport only, the study will set out a reasoned recommendation for the timeframe for the development of new terminal capacity (Terminal 3), the options in terms of appropriate size and design and the optimum location. The review will also assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of the funding and operation of Terminal 3 by the existing airport operator in comparison with being operated on an independent basis. I expect this review to be completed in mid-2017. I along with my Department officials will then consider the conclusions and recommendations outlined in the independent report.