O’Brien Wary Of “Monster” Airport Plan

Airport CarparkPictured here is the major new carpark area being built at Dublin Airport.

Local Green Party representative, Joe O’Brien has hit out at comments from Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes on the proposed expansion of Dublin Airport. Hayes previously said that following the IAG takeover of Aer Lingus, that Dublin Airport could expand to provide a “third runway for Heathrow,” he said. “Mr. Hayes has barely been a year in Europe and it’s already clear that he has lost touch with his constituency and is confused about the geography of Ireland. The people of Portmarnock and St. Margaret’s in particular, will not be happy to hear of plans for an extra runway at Dublin Airport. You have to live in these communities to truly understand the negative impact that the current level of airport traffic already has. Potentially doubling this would be very bad for these communities,” O’Brien said.
“In addition, what Hayes is proposing would be of very limited economic value to the region. Dublin Airport already handles in the region of 600 flights a day, which is more than enough for any community to endure – do we really want a monster airport like Heathrow, whose two runways handle over 1,300 flights a day?” he continued. “While there is planning permission in place for this runway up to 2017, I predict some serious opposition from local communities if action is taken to turn Dublin Airport into the next Heathrow,” he said.