Airport Safety Concerns Expressed

Planes at Dublin Airport

While the ever increasing number of passengers using Dublin Airport and the expansion of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic business is very welcome news, not everyone is happy. The Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) has raised concerns over safety issues, which are directly linked with the expansion of the airport. These relate to the planned extension at Dublin Airport, particularly the expansion of Terminal 2. Two of the planning permission granted by the County Council are being appealed to An Bord Pleanala.
The concerns surround the proposal by daa to build a passenger transfer area at the pier at Terminal 2, which the pilots claim that aspect of the plan may be a hazard to staff and passenger safety. This area is where passengers wait to board planes.
daa dismiss the claims by IALPA, saying that the safety of passengers is always the number one priority at all times. Speaking to the County Leader, daa’s Communications Manager, Siobhan O’Donnell confirmed the statement released by the company, saying that they “completely reject these false claims.” However, the pilots association is concerned that any development would reduce space for aircraft, resulting in a more congested space, with the potential for safety hazards.
The second appeal surrounds the growth in the Aer Lingus fleet on transatlantic routes, due to their ever increasing figures. They fear that this will necessitate further development of Terminal 2, and that they are fearful that this will cause even more safety issues. They have dismissed safety reassurances from the County Council in relation to this.
An Bord Pleanala is is due to make a ruling on the first appeal by 28th November and the second one by 3rd January next