Despite the global pandemic, which has caused a huge slump in passenger numbers and consequent drop in revenue, Dublin Airport is proceeding with an ambitious development plan including construction of a new runway. Barry Lloyd charts the progress of Dublin Airport through the decades
It was in 1917 that a townland north of Dublin – Collinstown – first saw aircraft operate from the site. Townland is an English translation of a Gaelic word meaning a division or area of land and, during World War One, this particular area was selected by the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) as a base. In 1918, the RFC became the Royal Air Force and the building of an airfield at Collinstown continued apace; by 1919, it was fully complete.