Major improvements planned at Dublin Airport to ease transfers for passengers

Fewer bus transfers of passengers to planes and smoother transfers on international connecting flights should result from major improvements planned at Dublin Airport this year.
Major improvements planned at Dublin Airport to ease transfers for passengers

The number of passengers passing through Dublin on connecting services exceeded one million in a year, for the first time, in 2015. The figure is up 25% on 2014 and the airport wants to improve the experience of passengers and develop its reputation as an international hub.

A three-storey extension of 1,500 square metres will make for easier transfer of passengers arriving from so-called ‘first state’ countries. These are countries like the United States and members of the EU, whose security checks at the airport of origin meet standards required here, so they do not need to be screened again by security in Dublin before connecting to an onward flight.

For those arriving from third-state countries, such as Middle Eastern and African states, security checks will be undertaken again before passengers depart on connecting flights.

“Currently, everyone who is a connecting passenger has to be re-screened. The Terminal 2 transfer facility is to create a dedicated place for those first-state passengers to change flight connections in a more efficient manner,” said Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) spokeswoman Siobhan O’Donnell.

This is one of four projects approved by An Bord Pleanála to proceed with routine planning applications to Fingal County Council, rather than directly to the board, as they are not deemed strategic infrastructural developments.

Ms O’Donnell said it is planned to submit applications to Fingal County Council in the first quarter of this year.

The international transfer facility, and measures to improve security by segregating arriving and departing passengers in Pier 2, are the subject of an allowance for the daa of €30m to €35m from the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Up to two million EU passengers arrive and depart through Pier 2 each year, and the project will involve a dedicated corridor and a vertical circulation corridor built to segregate them.

“We have implemented security mitigation measures, which control access and egress to that pier, which fully satisfy compliance regulations. However, in time, we need to fully segregate that pier,” Ms O’Donnell said.

Other planned works include the relocation of some support services in Terminal 2, at mezzanine level, to facilitate exit points to bus passengers to some aircraft.

A planned, 1,000sq m extension to Pier 1 would allow boarding facilities at an area of existing apron that currently accommodates machinery and equipment used to service aircraft, meaning all parking stands associated with Pier 1 can be accessed by passengers on foot from the terminal.

Works are continuing on upgrading Terminal 1, which is more than 40 years old, including ticket desks and departure-floor changes.

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