Review of capacity at three State airports

Review of capacity at three State airports


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has announced that Oxford Economics and Cambridge Economics Policy Associates (CEPA) have been selected as the preferred tenderer to undertake the Review of the Capacity Needs for Ireland’s State Airports.

The review, announced by Minister Shane Ross T.D. last September, concerns the long-term development of Ireland’s State Airports (Dublin, Cork and Shannon) to 2050.

The Review will analyse, for each of the three airports, the capacity requirements to meet forecasted passenger throughput to 2050 and to identify priorities for infrastructure provision.

Ireland is already ensuring that in the medium term, our State airports have sufficient capacity for growth, particularly with the ongoing North Runway Project at Dublin Airport which will be operational early in the new decade. The Capacity Review will consider the needs of the State airports in the longer term.

The Minister stated: “It is my pleasure to announce that, subject to contract, it is intended that Oxford Economics, in association with CEPA, will carry out this important review. Ireland depends on air travel and aviation for our links with the rest of the world, both socially and economically. I have asked that this review consider the development of the three State Airports to 2050 because, in these times of increasing uncertainty, ensuring that our airports are prepared for the longer term is more important than ever. That is why I have prioritised the need for an assessment on the capacity requirements at the airports, including the merits of a Third independent terminal at Dublin Airport.”

It is anticipated that the review will be completed by the end of 2017.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.