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Dublin Airport Information

Dublin Airport, sometimes known as the airport code DUB, provides commercial air service to the Irish city of Dublin from its location near Swords, Ireland. This places the airport about 10 kilometers or six miles from Dublin.

The history of Dublin Airport is a case of the airport following the airline. After officials founded Aer Lingus in 1936 they needed an airport for operations. After a period using military bases, officials decided to construct an airport. Early facilities utilized grass runways and limited terminal facilities. Expansions over the decades have lead to the modern air facility known as Dublin Airport. The facility continues to draw passengers from Northern Ireland which does not have any air facilities approaching the size of the Dublin Airport.

Slightly less than 19 million passengers pass through Dublin Airport each year through one of the two terminal buildings. Terminal 2 is larger with a stated capacity of about 15 million people each year. Most of the international carriers utilize this terminal. Terminal 1 provides services for domestic and regional carriers and has a capacity of about 5 million passengers. Passengers pass through customs in Terminal 2. The airport also features a U.S. Customs preclearance station. This allows departing passengers destined for the United States to go through most of the customs process before the flight. Inbound airfreight can also be inspected at the European Union station. The airport features two freight terminals allowing more aircraft to be loaded or unloaded at a time. Freight handling capabilities include dangerous or hazardous materials and inspection and health services.

The airport utilizes three runways. The longest stretches about 8,600 feet or 2,600 meters and is large enough to accommodate a Boeing 747. The other two runways are 6,800 feet or 2,100 meters and 4,400 feet or 1,300 meters and accommodate smaller aircraft.

Future plans at Dublin Airport include an additional runway sized to accommodate heavy aircraft. This is intended to boost the airports capacity to about 30 million passengers per year. This runway, and the large aircraft it could handle, would allow the airport to serve more intercontinental flights to areas such as Asia. An additional passenger terminal is also planned as part of the expansion as well as additional parking and ground transportation infrastructure. Both plans still require governmental approval.

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