Dublin airport’s £513m terminal opens
Dublin Airport's €600m (£513m) second terminal has been officially opened.
An Aer Lingus flight from Manchester was given a fire brigade escort from the runway to the new terminal as Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrived for the opening ceremony yesterday morning.
The terminal, called T2, can cater for up to 15 million passengers a year, and 8 million are expected to go through it in the first year.
At its peak, it was the largest construction project in Ireland, with 2,600 workers on site.
More than 1,000 new jobs will be created as it begins operating — 500 in security, cleaning, customer service and passenger processing, and the remainder in retail and catering.
Mr Cowen said the terminal was a key infrastructure investment and would help drive tourist numbers over the coming years.
“T2 was designed and built not just for this year or the next, but for many decades into the future,” he said.
“To view it through the prism of the current downturn would be short-sighted in the extreme.”