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Date: August 2018 | Client: Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport | Sector: Transport | Aviation | Infrastructure | Expertise: Regulation & competition

Airport capacity strategy

When and where

CEPA considered when new capacity at Dublin Airport would be required. We examined the consequences of locating it in different parts of the airport. We considered the possibilities of expanding existing terminals against building a new terminal. We modelled when it could be afforded without making substantial increases in charges. We considered structural options for allowing airport users a greater choice of airport services and their associated regulatory requirements. This work was based on forecast scenarios and capacity analysis by our project partners.

The criticality of surface access

Our study demonstrated the critical nature of surface access to the airport, not in the immediate access roads, but in the wider road system. It may be better for Ireland to have an airport with greater diversity of access, even at greater cost, when the consequences for the wider road system are taken into account. We presented key decisions and their timings in order to deliver substantial new capacity in the early 2030s. We set out some plausible, if sometimes untested, structures for offering greater choice and competition in airport services and the additional regulatory attention these would require.

The report is available to download.

To find out more, please contact our experts listed below.

Ivan Viehoff
Chief Economist United Kingdom