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Runway plan for Dublin to be reviewed

By John Mulligan

Dublin Airport's future development, including its €320m runway plan, is to reviewed by Fingal County Council. Experts being hired by the council will also assess how conditions imposed on the existing planning permission for the new runway will impact its efficiency and operability.

They're also being asked to determine what the benefits would be of a runway longer than the 3.1km one that's currently proposed.

Planning permission for the runway was granted in 2007 and the project was put on hold during the downturn.

The DAA, which controls Dublin and Cork airports, announced earlier this year that the new runway project at the capital would go ahead.

Construction is to start next year and be completed by 2020, as the airport aims to capitalise on its increasing attractiveness as a secondary hub serving North America. The airport is one of the fastest-growing in Europe. It handled 25 million passengers last year, 15% more than in 2014. This year's figures are expected to exceed 27 million.

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