Irish airline Ryanair has called for an end to the repeated delays in the development and delivery of the €240m second runway at Dublin Airport.

The airline has urged the Attorney General’s Department to speed up the primary legislation, also known as the statutory instrument, to make the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) monitor noise regulation at the airport.

Ryanair has always supported the construction of the additional runway, which will help address the continued growth of air travel to and from Ireland.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “The present runway infrastructure at Dublin Airport is already full at peak times.

"The development of the second runway is a critical piece of national infrastructure which needs to be expedited."

“The development of the second runway is a critical piece of national infrastructure which needs to be expedited, especially when Ireland is trying to attract overseas investment that may be leaving the UK in the run up to Brexit in March 2019.”

The Irish Minister for Transport Shane Ross and his predecessor Paschal Donohoe have already confirmed that the IAA is a competent authority in the noise monitoring arena.

O’Leary added: “Ryanair is unable to base additional aircraft at Dublin because there are no spare slots in the early morning for additional departures.

“The fact that this statutory instrument has been repeatedly delayed in the Attorney General’s office for over 12 months is unacceptable.”


Image: Ryanair aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Ryanair.