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Old April 24th, 2010, 01:51 PM   #61
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Video, from the DAA website, posted over on the Irish forum.



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Old April 24th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #62
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A mistake with that link I think

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Old May 3rd, 2010, 01:45 PM   #63
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WHILE AER Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) play a game of chicken over the airline’s move to the €600 million Terminal 2, Abu Dhabi- based Etihad has fully committed itself to the new facility, which will open in November.

At the release of its annual report earlier this week, DAA chief executive Declan Collier said Etihad would invest “in excess of €1 million” on an executive lounge.

For that price, it should be a plush facility. Etihad has also expanded its capacity at Dublin airport to 10 flights a week for the summer.

On Wednesday, Aer Lingus issued a statement rejecting claims by the DAA that it had made a decision to move its operation to T2.

“The airline has confirmed that contrary to a report in today’s Irish Times, it has not ‘fitted out 28 check-in desks’ in T2.”

This was a story I had written. For the record, I asked Collier on Wednesday whether Aer Lingus had actually signed on the dotted line for T2 given that the airline has stated in the past that it would only move if the terms were right.

Here’s what Collier said: “That’s what every airline says right up to the day that you actually move them in but we have an MOU [memorandum of understanding] with Aer Lingus and we’re working very closely with them in terms of designing the facilities. In fact, to give you an example, the check-in area in T2 has 56 check-in desks . . . and half of those desks, 28 of those desks, are currently dedicated to AL and are being fitted out as we speak.”

Clearly, the DAA and Aer Lingus need to get their lines straight.

Separately, the DAA is planning to advertise for volunteers to put T2 through its paces in advance of its official opening in November.

“We’ll make sure they’re fed and watered and we’re giving them the chance to experience something before anyone else,” Collier said, describing it as, ahem, a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

“We’ll be using them to check in, go through security, use retail, go through CBP and out on to the aircraft, and coming back as well – every activity that we need to cover. We’ll be covering evacuations procedures as well.”

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Old May 16th, 2010, 02:54 AM   #64
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Old May 19th, 2010, 09:33 AM   #65
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Emirates eyeing Ireland flights launch

Emirates Airline is considering scheduled flights to Ireland, a senior executive at the Dubai-based carrier has told Arabian Business.

“That is something which we do keep looking at. Ireland would work for us,” Maurice Flanagan, executive vice chairman of the Dubai government-owned airline told Arabian Business in an interview.

In 2005, when Dermot Mannion, a former Emirates’ president of group support services, was appointed CEO of Aer Lingus he attempted to operate a service between Dubai and Dublin.

However, the route was not successful and the Irish national carrier ceased flying between Dubai and the Irish capital in March 2008.

“It didn’t work for Aer Lingus because Dermot’s model was a low cost one and it wouldn’t work. Ireland would be good as there are good family connections between Ireland and Australia, which the VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic itself would be quite substantial. We can’t do everything but we will be there sooner or later,” Flanagan added.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways began flying to Dublin in July 2007 and it is now one of its most successful routes. From March this year, it increased its number of flights to Dublin to ten per week, an increase of 150 percent in less than three years

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO, said: “Dublin has been one of our most successful ever destination launches, with more than 300,000 people flying on these services since launch and an average seat factor of 80 percent.”

In January 2009, Etihad signed a codesharing deal with Irish airline Aer Arann, which gave the Abu Dhabi carrier access to regional hubs such as Cork, Galway and the Isle of Man.

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Old May 23rd, 2010, 07:05 PM   #66
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Thanks, exciting news
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Old June 11th, 2010, 02:11 AM   #67
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Old June 15th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #68
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Yes there are new pictures of construction on DAA website
















































































































These are not my pictures. They are the latest pics of new terminal from DAA website. www.daa.ie (sorry about the bandwidth requirements!)
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It looks sensational inside - something you would see in Dubai but not in these islands and certainly not in most of Europe. It is very extravagent inside. Outside - meh - impressive but something is wrong I cannot quite put the finger on. Overall it's very good.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 02:50 PM   #71
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Does qatar Airways serve Dublin ?
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Old June 19th, 2010, 02:51 PM   #72
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odlum833 : tnx for those contruction pictures.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 03:12 AM   #73
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Does qatar Airways serve Dublin ?

It does not fly direct from Dublin but I have a suspicion that because Emirates want a piece of the Ethiad action at DUB Qatar won't be too far behind.

Nausad - thanks but remember they are not my pictures.


Given that the likes of Air India are almost expected to annonce Dublin their new European hub and Emirates are getting in there it is potentially a major international hub in the making. At the very least the Airport Authority is putting the infrastructure in place for that to become a reality. And geographically and with the fast track US border facilities it's advantages are very obvious. Most if not all other countries in the EU would see such US facilities as a breach of soveriengty - but not here. It is commercial advantage.
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Really nice interior! Congrats DAA
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Aer Lingus Group Transfer To Dublin Airport Terminal Two
25 June 2010

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Aer Lingus Group Plc (AERL.LN), an airline company, announced Friday that it has agreed with Dublin Airport Authority or DAA that it will transfer its Dublin Airport operation to Terminal Two or T2 with a view to the Group commencing operations in the new terminal in November 2010.

MAIN FACTS:

-The move to T2 will enable Aer Lingus passengers to maximise the benefit from the provision of the new United States Customer and Border Protection or CBP facilities in Dublin Airport.

-These facilities are already in operation in Shannon Airport and will allow departing passengers to the U.S. to fully clear U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture controls.

-Dublin and Shannon airports are the only locations outside the North American continent to offer U.S. CBP facilities and Aer Lingus believes that this will increase the attractiveness of Ireland as a transfer point between Europe and the U.S..

-Aer Lingus and DAA have also agreed to co-operate closely to boost transfer and other traffic at Dublin Airport and to develop new and innovative customer products and services.

-The transfer to T2 will provide Aer Lingus with the opportunity to operate more efficiently to the benefit of its customers with no significant increase in the Group's operating costs provided differential pricing is not introduced at Dublin Airport.

-Aer Lingus will review its decision to operate from T2 in the event that differential pricing is introduced at Dublin Airport to the detriment of users of T2.
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Some aerial shots

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This video just shows the road route to T1


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Old October 11th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #78
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Review of T2:
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Go behind the scenes with Ray Kennedy who spent the day at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 ahead of its official opening in November.

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Terminal 2 rises like the giant wing of an airliner to dominate the Dublin skyline, a vast silver and glass symbol of what Ireland was about to become before the economy decided otherwise.

Built at enormous cost and with great expectations, this somewhat controversial piece of crucial infrastructure opens next month.

At the final 'live' dress rehearsal for full flight operations I joined a couple of thousand other volunteers as they lined up for check in, had their passports examined and bags searched while they passed through security in a shining linen and glass filled departure lounge.

The building is enormous, there's no other word for it. As you walk toward it from the car park at Dublin Airport its glass frontage reflects every other building in sight. Including the now decrepit- looking 1970s built Terminal One. It was never much to look at, but beside its new youthful sibling it looks positively horrid.

Both of these terminals will exist side-by-side and operate as the main international gateway to Ireland. At best all Terminal One can hope for is a lick of paint to try to smarten it up. Although in fairness to the DAA, a fair bit of smartening up has been done inside T1 in recent years to make it look half-decent. Pier D for instance is quite contemporary, even if it feels like you've walked halfway to Ashbourne to board your aircraft.



Terminal 2 is completely different. It's everything a modern airport should be.

It's clean and bright, open and airy. The check in desks form a straight line, queues don't back up into each other. Operations take place on different floors, escalators whisk you from check in to a mezzanine security area beyond where a grand retail and restaurant experience awaits while you take in dramatic views of the airfield. The largest escalator in Ireland then takes you on a gentle descent to the boarding gates.

Yes, many other airports have had facilities like these for decades, but many haven't, Dublin included. Taken from a passenger and aviation point of view, Terminal 2 is as good as any of the highly regarded airports around the globe. But then that was always the plan.

As Ireland's economy roared and passengers lined up in car parks to spend hours passing through an airport that was bursting at the seams, debate raged about how and when we would upgrade our airport to service our newly found world class economy.

Some of that debate has been forgotten as our struggling finances picked up the final bill. It included an impressive upgrade of the road system at the airport and those tweaks with Terminal One. Now that it's finished and we don't have to be embarrassed bringing world leaders through Collinstown Aerodrome anymore, we're not quite sure we want it.



Too late. it opens next month and from what I saw at the trial runs we will soon wonder how we survived without it. While some will question if we can survive with it. However, along with the new Convention Centre, the motorway system, and the Aviva stadium it joins recently completed projects that can help generate business in Ireland.

At Terminal 2 pre-clearance for the United States, in a state-of-the-art passport section built to Homeland Security specification, DAA believe they can attract major carriers to use T2 as a transit stop to America. Ethihad, US Airways, Continental and Aer Lingus are already among those on board, with others like Air India and BA having a sniff around. Actually Aer Lingus will fly both short-haul and long-haul from T2. Over at T1 Ryanair will dominate, along with the other short haulers.

As the dry running ended and the 'passengers' boarded and disembarked fake flights and aircraft, eventually it was time for the baggage hall. There's no point talking this up, it was just a baggage hall. What happens next makes it all worthwhile though. For generations returning to Dublin from holiday to the dingy, grotty arrivals hall in T1 meant you knew you were home and possibly planning your next trip before getting to the taxi.

Walk through the arrival gates on the top floor of Terminal Two though, and an impressive sculpture, fronting a glass-lined wall with gleaming sunshine and the hills of north Dublin in the distance means you'll probably be glad to get home and be happy you travelled through Terminal 2. It will be up and running by the end of November.

Ray Kennedy

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Dublin Airport: New terminal opens today (19th)

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Sweeping curves and elegant streamlining the new shape of things at Dublin airport


T2 at Dublin airport. Energy use has been minimised as much as possible and it is reckoned this will reduce the new terminal's carbon emissions by up to 32 per cent compared to a standard terminal.

Aer Lingus to test transition as terminal opens todayFRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor

EVERYONE WHO knows Dublin airport and its dilapidated and often chaotic main terminal will be delighted and surprised by Terminal 2. Except for the views out towards Howth and Ballymun and, indeed, a glimpse of the unloved Terminal 1, it is like being in another country.

Externally, the sweeping curves of the new terminal suggest a swaggering symbol of boom-time Ireland, which is when this mammoth project was conceived.

Internally, it is bright, elegant, streamlined, and – above all – characterised by an almost incredible sense of space.

Just as the endless changes of levels on arrival in Terminal 1 – going downstairs, then upstairs and then down again to the oppressive baggage hall – offered a preview of the country’s chaos, Terminal 2 conveys an entirely different impression of how Ireland is organised.

After a single change in level, it’s straight through all the way to the exit – via a baggage hall with half-a-dozen huge carousels, some big enough to cater for two long-haul flights at a time, under a wavy white-panelled ceiling set high enough to avoid being oppressive.

Unusually, arriving passengers share the same space as those checking in at Terminal 2 after they emerge from the customs hall. This is a vast single volume, contained in the emblematic “toroid” form of the entrance/exit zone – geometrically derived from a doughnut.

Alan Lamond, one of the directors of airport architects Pascall and Watson, believes the mixing of arriving and departing passengers in a major terminal is “almost unique”, and says it was intended to allow new arrivals to experience the spatial drama of Terminal 2’s toroid.

This makes an immediate impression as you enter the building, as does the high-quality fit-out, which includes walnut panelling over the 54 check-in desks, the twin blue-glazed lift shafts and the matching sets of escalators that link the entry zone to the next level.

Above, as if to act as a guide, the curved roof is split in two by a long transverse louvred skylight.

“The key driver,” Lamond says, “was to make ‘way-finding’ for users as intuitive and straightforward as possible, so you’re always moving upwards towards the light.”

There are plenty of security lanes, all in the same place for a change, and all 25 departure gates are clearly marked by outsized numbers. Toilets are also easily identifiable by their blue-glazed pods, though paper is still not offered as an option – only wasteful hand-dryers.

In general, energy use has been minimised as much as possible, and it’s reckoned this will reduce the new terminal’s carbon emissions by up to 32 per cent compared to a standard scenario. The building, which can be seen for miles, is also capable of being extended.

The escalators and travelators seem remarkably slow, perhaps due to nanny state regulations here. At peak times some passengers checking in for flights in Terminal 2 will have to make their way along a corridor link to Terminal 1’s octagonal (and now very dated) Pier B.

Pre-clearance for US customs, which was one of the selling points of Terminal 2 internationally, will not come into operation until early next year; aptly this area is clad in American cherrywood – although there’s a prominent Garda desk to show that you’re still legally in Ireland.

There are 19 airbridges, some in pairs to allow quicker boarding for long-haul flights, and – so far – they have not had their interiors plastered by advertisements for a mobile phone company. The calm grey surfaces should be protected against such vulgar commercialism.

Inevitably there are multiple shopping opportunities, particularly in the departures area – and there’s even a shop for arriving passengers in case they’ve forgotten to buy perfume or whatever. WH Smith beat Eason for the lucrative bookshop franchise.

Restaurants and bars are stylish, on a par with those in the most recent extension of Terminal 1, which is virtually its only attractive feature. The landside Oak Cafe and Bar with its free-standing “glulam” timber structure designed by Tom de Paor is a real eye-catcher.

Dividing Terminal 2 into two sections, linked by a multilevel “bridge” over the road serving Terminal 1, was the “eureka moment” for its designers – including Arup consulting engineers – because it allowed the building to be built without too much disruption.

Much of the former Pier C, which occupied part of the site, was also retained; built as recently as 1998 it could hardly have been written off. The pier is oversailed by the upper levels of the new terminal and has now been remodelled to include three airline lounges.

Corballis House, a protected structure that largely dated from the 1760s, was the only outright casualty of Terminal 2’s construction. A fine neo-Palladian country house, whose builders could never have imagined its latter-day surroundings, it was unfortunately in the way.

Exit from the new terminal is through a glazed tube that is awkwardly plugged into the rather boxy new car-park building which will have 1,000 spaces; earlier plans for a hotel that would have covered up this merely functional block were pigeonholed because of the recession.

There is a clear route (with lifts to ensure universal access) to stands for buses and taxis immediately in front of the terminal. Provision has also been made for Metro North – if it’s ever built; a rail station serving both terminals would be close to the now more visible airport church.

One of the critical decisions that had to be made in 2005, when Terminal 2 was being designed, was how big it should be. At the time Dublin airport was bursting at the seams, with forecasts that passenger numbers would rise inexorably to 35 million or more. As things turned out, numbers peaked at 23.5 million in early 2008, and have since fallen. With Aer Lingus moving into the new terminal, along with US airlines and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, this will now be evenly split at nine million for each of the two terminals.

It could be argued, as Ryanair’s voluble chief executive Michael O’Leary has done repeatedly, that the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) lost the run of itself by commissioning such an extravagant terminal at a reputed cost of €609 million – including the new 420m pier.

In O’Leary’s view, the DAA should have settled for something as cheap and cheerless as the no-frills terminal building at Frankfurt-Hahn, a simple white shed that could equally have served as a BQ outlet. What we’ve got is a highly creditable legacy of the boom.

Ryanair now becomes the anchor tenant of Terminal 1, which will suit the airline just fine. Plans by the DAA to give it a much-needed facelift have had to be postponed because the Commission for Aviation Regulation doesn’t believe this would be justified in the current climate.


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For an airport terminal, the architecture & design is actually pretty nice. Not as sterile compared with others.
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