Hi just wondering if anyone has any idea whether we'll see plans for the following emerge this year:
Redeveloped pier A
Redeveloped pier B
New pier F
In DAAs strategy for 2010-2014 they state that €7million will be allocated for the planning of the above piers, so that as soon as the need arises for the new piers planning will already be in place. They reckon the piers will be need 2015-2019.
I've attached their masterplan, my sketch of it (as you can see I'm not artist!) and their summary of the development of the new piers.
They seem to have completely left out one vital ingredient from the mixture. Anyone else care to guess what it is, LOL?.
Cargo? Wouldn't pier F be built over the current cargo facilities at 411-414?
Lack of ambition, foresight or money?
So many things missing
Cargo parking and ramp space to work on the aircraft, it's not just a box to put the aircraft in, a large cargo aircraft needs a lot of pallet dollies, and they don't stack vertically.
Space for all the other things that have to be put somewhere airside, like steps for the rear door, baggage containers, stuff like that.
General Aviation (biz jets etc) stands and access
Remote parking to put things on that are not needed for some while, like standby aircraft.
Usual DAA nonsense, the way they "extended" T1 from an operational aspect was a shambles, whoever designed it had never moved a suitcase or a container of bags in their life, and it was and is a total disaster to operate in a high volume environment, and if a special requirement flight like an Israeli aircraft is coming in, the whole thing becomes a nightmare because of the way that the baggage hall
The landside access is still the disastrous split level no brain nonsense of the set down road that's full of pedestrians so doesn't flow, and nowhere to do a quick pick up of passengers that have arrived,
Lack of imagination, lack of foresight, lack of awareness of what the customer wants.
Irish Steve has just about summed up the DAA in a few sentences. Total incompetence and a lack of any knowledge of how to run an airport. The omission I was referring to was the crosswind runway. The need to have one at DUB was never more demonstrated than in recent times.
It's great that we have so many aviation experts in this country who are more than willing to offer their expertise to the daa. While building terminal 2 they were quick to point out that it was too big and not needed at the time but the daa went ahead and built anyway. Which is lucky as it is completely full with all the new routes running from Dublin over the summer. The same blind ignorance is leading them down the road of looking to plan for expansion again using current real estate resources but maybe their dumb luck will strike again.
I see people are still reading and believing Michael O'Leary's Old testament.
Don't ya know he's turned the page, and is an all round nice guy now
What happened to Pier C?
If it went ahead as per the sketch they would have to re letter them, Its shocking.
That gets me onto the next point. How old is this document?? daa have renamed the Piers 1,2,3,4 now. A, B, D, E are a thing of the past
The plan in the 2nd link above is at least 4-5 years old. I saw it around the time T2 was competed. It was part of a section entitled "Dublin Airport 2035".
Wasn't actually aware that the piers had been renamed, it makes sense that they would do that though.
Although the document is from 2009, it was post crash so has factored this in surely?
The terminals are starting to get busier, and this summer they should definitely be very busy with all the new routes. Personally I think it would be a step in the right direction for them to begin planning airport expansion so that when need it will have a much shorter lead in time.
However I think that they should also be looking to get maximum efficiencies from the infrastructure they have at present before they begin expanding.
I agree that 'Pier F' is in an awful position and would require the cargo facilities to be moved, however I can't see a better alternative, ideally T2 wouldn't have been built where it is. I guess DAA now how to make the most of its location.
It does and it doesn't. Studies have shown that passengers find it easier to recognise gate numbers with a letter and a number instead of a number. D10 to 101. It may not be such an issue at DUB but at major international airports they have/are changing to letter/number style.
The problem with having an area for "quick pickups" of passengers is that you get the five minute brigade taking it over and ending up sitting there for 20 minutes. It also leads to people stopping and waiting for a space to come free and clog up the approach road and that will delay everyone and is just dangerous.
I agree fully. Look at most car parks where parent and child and disabled spaces are used by people who have neither a child or a disabled person in the car, who consider those spaces are there purely for their convenience to run into the shop for "5mins".