Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Airport Development Projects
As the Deputy will be aware, the National Aviation Policy (NAP) committed that the Department would commission a high-level, strategic capacity review of Ireland’s State airports in 2018, taking into account wider Government objectives and policies for enterprise and tourism as well as developments in the global market.
Oxford Economics in conjunction with Cambridge Economic Policy Associates were contracted to conduct a high-level strategic capacity review of Ireland’s State airports and this Review was published on 24 October 2018. It provides an assessment which is both specific about short terms actions as well as identifying further work that needs to be undertaken to assist in decision-making for the longer term to 2050. In the case of Dublin Airport only, the study assesses the relative advantages and disadvantages of the operation of Terminal 3 by the existing airport operator in comparison with being operated on an independent basis.
To ensure that there is an open approach to the options for Dublin Airport, including any decision on a third terminal, a public consultation on the Review has been completed. All of the issues raised during the public consultation, along with the Review itself and any further work carried out as a result of the Review, are now being considered carefully ahead of the making of recommendations to Government. I have had a number of meetings and briefings with officials in my Department relating to the Review and the work carried out as a result of the Review.
I have had no specific meetings with any other entities or stakeholders, in relation to the potential operation of an independent third terminal at Dublin Airport during 2019.