The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has strongly rejected any reports that the new terminal, T2, may be ‘oversized’. The claim is based on the downturn in the economy which has seen a drop in the number of passengers using existing facilities at the airport. In a statement the DAA states that the mistaken view that T2 is oversized is based on the flawed conclusion that T1 can comfortably handlle 26 million passengers a year, which it describes as ‘creaking at the seams’. “We are building infrastructure for the long-term and we have to take a long-term view. T2 is the right size for the proper development of Dublin Airport and will deliver the type of facilities that passengers want. The current economic downturn means that it may take longer to fully utilise T2, but that does not mean that it is too big,” said DAA Director of Communications Vincent Wall. The report released last week from the Aviation Appeals Panel strongly criticised the development stating that it was ‘concerned that permitting what may be a greatly oversized Terminal Two does not facilitate the efficient and economic development of Dublin Airport.’ The Government directed the DAA to deliver T2 and other new facilities at Dublin Airport in May 2005 to address the significant ongoing congestion problems already experienced, at that stage, due to a historic lack of investment. During 2005, about 19.5 million passengers travelled through the airport. Last year, Dublin Airport handled almost 24 million passengers.