Crisis at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport noise quota would ‘far exceed’ that for Heathrow

Expert warns new system to replace night-time cap on flights will result in overall noise increase, and lacks extra controls which exist for London airports

The Dublin Airport operator also wants to expand its unrestricted daytime operating hours by an hour at each end, from 6am to midnight instead of the current system of 7am to 11pm

Dublin Airport’s proposed noise quota system, which it hopes will replace the existing night-time cap on flights, will result in “many more air traffic movements” at night and a likelihood that “the overall noise will increase”, according to an expert analysis.

The analysis of the quota system – a kind of ‘noise budget’, proposals for which are being considered currently by An Bord Pleanála – notes that the quota for Dublin “far exceeds the totals ...