Dublin Chamber of Commerce say second runway is needed at Dublin Airport

It follows strong growth in passenger numbers

Dublin Chamber of Commerce say second runway is needed at Dublin Airport

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The consistent strong growth in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport is further proof of the need for a new second runway, according to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

They said that it is yet another signal to the Government that it must bring forward the construction of the Metro North. 

The Dublin Chamber issued the call following the release of new figures which show that passenger numbers at Dublin Airport increased by 11% to 28m in 2016.

According to Mary Rose Burke, CEO of the Dublin Chamber "Growth levels at Dublin Airport continue to surprise on the upside. The challenge now is to ensure that Dublin Airport is equipped for further growth in the coming years.

"Dublin Airport's reaction to faster-than-expected growth has been to prioritise the construction of a much-needed new second runway.

"The Minister for Transport must now show the same sense of ambition to ensure that the Metro North link between Dublin City Centre, Dublin Airport and the rapidly-expanding north County Dublin area is built much quicker than the previously-mooted target of 2027."

The Dublin Airport Authority said earlier this year that work is set to commence on a second runway in Dublin airport early next summer. 

Dublin Chamber said that the sharp increase in passenger numbers at Dublin Airport is evidence of growth in the wider economy.

Ms Burke added that "Dublin Airport is a vital piece of national infrastructure, with four out of every five visitors who arrive to Ireland by air coming through it.

"A new rail link is needed not only to serve Dublin Airport, but also to cater for the additional 40,000+ people who will be commuting into Dublin city centre from north county Dublin by 2023."