Ireland's Dublin Airport is set to receive €20m facelift to cope with the increase in passenger traffic.
The money will be invested on building new aircraft taxiing lanes and parking stands which will cover 67,500m2 at its Collinstown campus, reported The Irish Independent.
The decision of the investment by Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) came after five airlines including Ethiopian Airlines, Vueling, WOW Air, Transavia and Finnair announced that they would begin offering services from Dublin this year.
The airport stated that it had a need for ten extra aircraft parking stands to handle the growth in traffic over the past three years. Currently, the airport is also constructing three taxiing lanes.
Dublin airport managing director Vincent Harrison was quoted by the Irish Independent as saying: "This is a major construction project, which will create ten extra aircraft parking stands and help the airport expand further over the medium term.
"The €20m project is located to the northern end of the airfield, and is the largest single capital investment at Dublin Airport since the opening of Terminal 2 in 2010."
The airport is working on a new apron area that covers about 67,500m2 which is equivalent in size to 15 football pitches.
Clare Civil Engineering is carrying out the construction work which is expected to be completed by April 2016.
Currently, the two terminals of the airport together are equipped to handle around 35 million passengers annually. With the expansion, its 100 parking stands will increase to 110.
Image: Terminal 1 of the Dublin international airport. Photo: courtesy of Dublin Airport.