Dublin opens Terminal 2

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November 22: Ireland’s Taoiseach Brian Cowen opened Dublin Airport’s brand new Terminal 2 on November 19, part of a €600 million five-year investment plan by the Dublin Airport Authority.

At its peak, Terminal 2 (T2) was the largest construction project in Ireland, employing up to 2,600 workers on site. More than 1,000 new jobs will be created.

“T2 was designed and built not just for this year or the next, but for many decades into the future,” said Cowen. “To view it through the prism of the current downturn would be short-sighted in the extreme. By investing prudently in improved facilities, we are laying the foundations for future growth and prosperity; not just for Dublin Airport, but also for the wider Irish economy.”

The new terminal was funded through a combination of commercial revenues, aeronautical charges and borrowings as the DAA receives no funding from the state.

Terminal 2 will be home to Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways and US Airways. It will open for operations on a phased basis, as agreed with the airlines, beginning with the Irish carrier, Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways on November 23.

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