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Dublin Airport outlines plans to transform the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1

Dublin Airport, which only last week confirmed its intention to open a new runway in 2020, has announced that it is to invest €10 million on transforming the Arrivals Hall and façade of Terminal 1.

Renovations include new flooring, a replacement ceiling, the removal of desks currently situated in some window areas to allow natural light in and a new look to the front of Terminal 1

When completed, the Arrivals Hall will be brighter, more spacious and modern, according to operator daa.

As a result, all restaurants will be located in one area while services such as the Tourist Information Office, Bus, Travel and the Information Desk will be grouped together making the floor layout more user friendly and intuitive for customers.

Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison says the Arrivals Hall will look very different.

“We are upgrading Terminal 1 on a phased basis and we have already enhanced the Departures Floor. We are now turning our attention to the Arrivals Hall. Our goal is to greatly improve the overall look and feel for our customers."

Floor replacement is underway and hoarding will be in place around different areas of the Arrivals Hall until the project is complete in the coming months.

“The Arrivals Hall is synonymous with happy and emotional scenes at Dublin Airport.  We are confident that, when completed, the renovations will significantly enhance the ambience in that area,” adds Harrison.

Screens currently positioned in front of the Arrivals Hall exit doors will be removed so that customers meeting and greeting friends and family will have an unobstructed view as they come through from the baggage hall.

Terminal 1 is 44 years old and has welcomed over 400 million passengers during that time.

The upgrade follows last week's announcement that it is still all systems go for a new 3,110 metre runway in 2020.

Located 1.6km north of the existing main runway. Dublin Airport is investing in the region of €320 million in this multi-faceted project which will comprise multiple contracts and packages of works.

It received planning permission in August 2007 to build a new runway, but the plans were put on hold due to the economic downturn and subsequent fall in passenger numbers.

However, the recovery in passenger numbers, particularly in the past two years, has been significant. The continuation of growth at Dublin Airport is dependent on having sufficient capacity available to satisfy future demand.

Chief executive, Kevin Toland, explains: “Last year was the busiest year ever in the airport’s history with a record 25 million passengers travelling in 2015.

"Passenger numbers continue to grow strongly in 2016 with double digit growth recorded in the first two months of this year.

“We are progressing our plans to deliver the new runway in accordance with the development and pathway for growth outlined in the Government’s National Aviation Policy (NAP).

"Dublin Airport’s North Runway will significantly improve Ireland’s connectivity supporting trade, foreign direct investment and tourism."

The rapid recovery in passenger numbers is due to a combination of almost 50 new routes and services in the past two years, significant additional capacity increases on a number of existing routes, and nine new airlines operating at Dublin Airport.

Total long-haul connectivity has grown by more than 65% since T2 opened, while short-haul connectivity has increased by 16%.

“Driven by demand from airlines and passengers, Dublin Airport’s current runway infrastructure is at capacity during the peak hours and this must be addressed to enable future growth," says Toland.

"The north runway will significantly improve Ireland’s connectivity which plays a critical role in growing passenger numbers and sustaining the future economic development of Ireland."

According to daa, the North Runway development has the potential to open up connectivity to a range of long-haul destinations, particularly in fast growing economies in Asia, Africa and South America.

It claims that the delivery of a new runway could support a further 31,000 new jobs over the next two decades, contributing €2.2 billion to GDP.



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