Dáil Éireann - Volume 627 - 14 November, 2006

Written Answers. - Airport Development Projects.

Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Transport the analysis carried out on the need for a future second airport for the Dublin region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37488/06]

  Mr. Cullen: This issue was addressed in the Warburg Dillon Read Report of 1999 on Aer Rianta. Among other things, that report concluded that Dublin does not need a second airport given Dublin Airport’s capacity to expand for the foreseeable future. I am satisfied that the analysis remains a valid assessment of the Airport’s potential. Because of the prudent policy of acquiring land banks in the environs of the airport to cater for future growth, the Dublin Airport Authority is now in the happy position of being able to construct the proposed second runway and the second terminal on land it already owns.