Change to Permitted Operations



North Runway was granted planning permission in 2007, subject to 31 planning conditions.  Further information on the planning conditions attached to North Runway is available here.

daa is seeking to change two of the conditions associated with the grant of planning as they would severely reduce the future operational capacity of the airport at peak periods.

Condition 3(d) of the 2007 planning permission prohibits the use of the new North Runway for landings and take-offs between the hours of 23.00 and 07.00.

Condition 5 states that, on completion of construction of the new runway, the average number of night-time aircraft movements at the airport shall not exceed 65 per night (between 23.00 and 07.00).

Currently Dublin Airport has approximately 100 movements between the hours of 2300 and 0700.  A reduction to 65 movements per night would result in a loss of up to 3m passengers per annum and a reduction in capacity of c. 14% when North Runway commences operations.  Due to Ireland’s location, which means that it is one hour behind continental Europe, Dublin Airport needs to accommodate arrivals and departures in the early morning, and facilitate home based aircraft returning in the late evening.

daa is seeking to change these two conditions to ensure that the airport can continue to facilitate anticipated future demand for aviation services, grow in line with national policy and meet Ireland’s economic requirements.

This will also enable Ireland to expand its current reach to new destinations, improving same-day travel options and offering passengers more choice. It will allow Ireland to connect to the world’s fastest growing markets, driving economic growth and boosting Irish exports.  It will also facilitate the creation of over 31,000 new Irish jobs, and contribute an additional €2.2 billion per year in GDP.

The process to change these two restrictive conditions is referred to as the ‘Change to Permitted Operations’.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) policies and procedures recommend Member States review noise at airports on a case-by-case basis and only apply operating restrictions after consideration of the other measures of the Balanced Approach, the agreed international industry approach for dealing with airport noise. 

On January 30 2018, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. announced the appointment of Fingal County Council as the new independent Airport Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport.

In making the announcement, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) stated that; ‘The new independent Regulator will operate in accordance with EU Regulation 598/2014, which sets out how the impact of airport noise should be managed and monitored at all major European airports.

The Bill, which the Minister hopes to have enacted by the end of this year, will provide for an open, transparent and balanced approach to noise management at Dublin Airport, taking account of the needs of local residents and the broader national interests associated with the future development of our main national airport.   

Minister Ross said: “Our economy is growing strongly and the Government is working to ensure that it continues to do so. As an island economy, it is obvious that Dublin Airport has a hugely important role to play in that regard, and so its future development is of broad national interest”.’

More information on this DTTAS statement is available here.

A Policy Statement on Runway Development and Noise Abatement at Dublin Airport was published on January 31 2018 and is available here.

In April 2018, Dalton Philips spoke to Newstalk regarding the importance of the Change to Permitted Operations. During the interview he spoke about the importance of amending two of the current planning conditions. Interview available here.

daa has already completed two public consultations in relation to the Change to Permitted Operations. Further information on these Public Consultations is available below.

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