Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport

Not only is Dublin Airport Ireland's busiest airport it is also amongst the ten busiest airports in Europe. Dublin Airport manages an average of 60,000 passengers per day, rising to 80,000 during the peak season, and more than 600 aircrafts movements every day.

It all began at 9.00am on Thursday January 19, 1940. Dublin Airport was officially opened when an Aer Lingus Lockheed 14 aircraft departed Dublin for Liverpool. Collinstown Airport, as it was known then, had just one flight a day to Liverpool whereas 66 years later Dublin Airport is a hive of activity, catering for more than 60,000 passengers every day.

The airport has reached many milestones since it first opened for business. In the late 1930's planning and development began on a terminal building and grass runways at the Collinstown site. The architect of the new terminal building was Desmond Fitzgerald, an elder brother of former Taoiseach, Dr. Garret Fitzgerald. The curved building was designed to echo the lines of the bridge of a great ocean liner and won many architectural awards for its design. This original terminal building, now known as the Old Central Terminal Building (OCTB), was designed to cater for just 100,000 passengers a year. Today the terminal is still partially used for daily passenger operations. Many of the internal design features of the building have been retained as a reminder of those early halcyon days of aviation.

The new Collinstown (Dublin) Airport remained relatively quiet during the 1940's as war raged throughout Europe. However, Aer Lingus continued to operate a twice-weekly service to Liverpool. During this period Dublin Airport was required to observe blackouts imposed at the airport during the war years and in March 1941 Cleary's Department store was asked to supply 2,200 yards of blackout material for the terminal building.

Dublin Airport is now engaged in a €2 billion capital development programme that will see the construction of a new second terminal by 2010 in addition to a variety of new piers and major improvements to the existing terminal.

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Dublin Airport

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