Dublin Air­port study warns about de­lays

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Fearghal O’con­nor

A RE­PORT into the ca­pac­ity of Dublin Air­port has is­sued two “ad­vi­sory flags” about Ter­mi­nal 2 and warned about in­creas­ing de­lays at peak times.

In­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant He­lios, which was con­tracted by the Com­mis­sion for Avi­a­tion Reg­u­la­tion to as­sess ca­pac­ity at the air­port, found that the T2 check-in hall was close to op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity due to high desk de­mand in the morn­ing peak. It found US pre-clear­ance was also close to op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity.

The re­port did not iden­tify a need for a new ter­mi­nal at the air­port but did find that ad­di­tional flights in the morn­ing peak will lead to an in­creas­ing num­ber of de­lays.

The “ar­rivals ca­pac­ity dec­la­ra­tion” at cer­tain times “ex­ceeds the sim­u­lated run­way through­put en­ve­lope”, it said. “This does not mean the dec­la­ra­tion is in­cor­rect. It just in­di­cates that sched­uled ar­rivals above the max­i­mum ar­rivals through­put will be ac­com­mo­dated with de­lay.

“Adding ex­tra flights into hours which are at, or close to the de­clared lim­its will in­cur ex­tra de­lay for flights oper­at­ing in th­ese hours. Sen­si­tiv­ity anal­y­sis with the morn­ing depar­tures wave in­di­cates that adding a flight into this pe­riod will lead to an in­crease in de­par­ture ground de­lays be­tween two and three-and-ahalf min­utes, de­pend­ing on whether the added flight is an ar­rival or de­par­ture and whether it is a nar­row body or wide body air­craft,” it said.

In re­cent months a war of words has erupted be­tween Aer Lin­gus and the DAA as air­port traf­fic has boomed. The air­port au­thor­ity is plan­ning to build a new run­way, but Aer Lin­gus has said that it should first pri­ori­tise other in­fras­truc­tural is­sue it has iden­ti­fied.

The air­line has warned that fail­ure to im­prove taxi­ing and gate fa­cil­i­ties at T2 will im­pact its am­bi­tious plans to fur­ther develop Dublin as a transat­lantic hub.

A well-in­formed air­port source said that al­though the re­port did not pin­point ma­jor is­sues it did not take into ac­count, for ex­am­ple, the long promised deal be­tween Ryanair and Aer Lin­gus that could in­crease trans­fer traf­fic be­tween the two ter­mi­nals at the air­port.

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