Dublin Airport is due to open its long-awaited second runway for commercial flights on Wednesday August 24.
The €320 million project saw the construction of the new 3.1 kilometer northern runway, which will allow Ireland’s central airport to expand after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The anticipation of a parallel runway system has been in the plans for Dublin Airport since the 1960s, and those plans have now come to fruition with the successful delivery of the country’s largest infrastructure project,” said the airport operator DAA in a statement.
“The North Runway will help provide the operational flexibility required by Dublin Airport to allow for the resumption and development of international connectivity.”
The new runway, located 1.7 kilometers north of the existing main runway, will also be able to accommodate larger long-haul aircraft, including the Airbus A380 superjumbo and the Boeing 747-8.
DAA said the new track would create 31,200 jobs and generate €2.2 billion in additional revenue over the next 21 years. The project initially obtained planning permission in 2007 and was built in two phases from 2016.
The track will initially operate between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. before its hours are extended to 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and then 7 a.m.-6 p.m.