The Minister for Transport, Mr. Séamus Brennan T.D. today announced that he is proceeding with an examination of proposals for the provision of a new independent terminal at Dublin Airport.
The Minister said that in order to test the viability of such a concept he has decided to canvas the market for proposals in relation to the independent facility.
The Programme for Government includes a commitment to examine proposals for the independent terminal and to progress them if the evidence suggests that such a terminal will deliver significant benefits.
Next week the Department of Transport will be inviting, through prominent advertisements in the national and international media, expressions of interest in the provision of an independent terminal or terminals at the Airport.
Minister Brennan said: Dublin is now one of the fastest growing airports in the world. There has been exceptional growth there over the past decade. Ten years ago the airport was catering for just over 5.5. million passengers, last year it reached over 14 million. By the year 2020 it is expected 30 million passengers will be using the airport. And it is not just the passengers who have to be catered for, each year some seven million people come to the airport to greet people or to see them off. This is why it is such an exciting and innovative time for the airport and why decisions relating to its future facilities need to be accelerated to ensure that it is in a position to meet the challenge presented by the ongoing rapid growth and expansion.
Minister Brennan said the responses to the invitation would assist him in assessing the interest in, and the potential benefits of, such a facility. It will be a valuable guide to determining what further action he may need to take to allow this concept to be further progressed, including the possible initiation of a formal public tendering process.
The advertisement will point out that the invitation is not restricted to existing operators at Dublin Airport or to parties who own property adjacent to the airport.
Those submitting proposals in response to the invitation will be required to
specify the precise nature of the proposed concept- whether an independent terminal(s) to be owned and/or operated by an air carrier; a facility designed, built and operated by a private operator but integrated operationally with the existing airport terminal facilities operated by Aer Rianta; a terminal(s) competing fully on service levels, terminal charges etc with the main Aer Rianta terminal at Dublin Airport.
Other requirements include:
· outline in summary form the benefits of such a facility to carriers, the airport and the travelling public;
· outline the financing and economic dimensions of such a proposal;
· specify a preferred location for the proposed facility, having regard to the present layout of the airport and the interested partys concept of the appropriate future layout of the airport in the medium and long term. The preferred location may be on existing airport property or on property contiguous to the airport;
· indicate in summary form any necessary regulatory or other actions required to give effect to the concept, e.g. in relation to the pricing of airfield facilities at Dublin Airport;
· refer to examples of other international airports where the concept proposed is in operation;
· take account of the Fingal County Master Plan scheduled to be completed shortly.
The expressions of interest must be submitted to the Department of Transport by the end of October.
2nd August 2002
Further information: Tom Rowley, Press Office (01) 6040198 087 8124723