Dublin Airport: Expanding in Turbulent Times

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

Dublin is naturally the main hub for Aer Lingus, which flies to the UK, continental Europe and North America as well as domestic destinations
Axel Juengerich

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.

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