Tower plan for Dublin Airport may be dropped
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has said it will consider ditching plans to build a huge 87-metre tall control tower at Dublin Airport.
The IAA will instead use remote technology enabling the function to be based at a regular building away from the runway.
It received planning permission for a second control tower in 2010 as part of a wider plan to eventually construct a new runway.
But the project was put on hold as the likelihood of a second runway being built receded with the downturn.
Traffic numbers at Dublin Airport sank during the recession, but this year they have already exceeded the previous record of 23.4 million from 2008.
The IAA said it now wants to explore the feasibility of a remote tower before making a decision on whether to proceed with construction of a physical control tower, but it added that remote tower technology was in its infancy.