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Friday 9 December 2016

Ryanair wants new airport runway to be built cheaply

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Robin Kiely
Robin Kiely

Ryanair believes a second runway at Dublin Airport must be built at a low cost, otherwise the company will look to other European airports to grow traffic if the capital is unable to facilitate increasing passenger numbers.

The airline says their future growth at the country's busiest airport hinges on Dublin being able to cope with the demand Ryanair is receiving.

Ryanair's Head of Communications Robin Kiely told the Herald that they support a second runway being built at an appropriate price.

"If Dublin Airport isn't able to offer the growth opportunities that we want, then those passengers, those aircraft and those flights will go elsewhere.

"If Dublin is realistic about growing, particularly its transatlantic hub, then it certainly needs to look at its facilities.

"If they are going to build a second runway then do it at an appropriate price. It shouldn't cost that much to build," Mr Kiely said.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has confirmed that they are examining various options regarding the delivery of a second parallel runway, but have not yet made a final decision.

Earmarked

"A second parallel runway has been part of the overall development plan for Dublin Airport for several decades and we're fortunate that land was earmarked for this project many years ago within the overall Dublin Airport campus," a DAA spokesman told the Herald.

"The various options relating to its development will be carefully considered before the company makes a final decision on the best way forward," the spokesman said.

The DAA said that it would not be "appropriate to speculate on the potential costs involved" .

Mr Kiely says that lessons need to be learned from the construction of terminal two at a cost of €600m.

"We welcome anything that will continue growth and development. It can't be at the expense of the Irish taxpayer and we don't want to see the same sort of wastage that was blown on terminal two," he said.

The Ryanair official added that a second runway would mean that airlines have more choice, extra capacity to bring in flights and increase schedules, all leading to a better service for customers.

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