Concept plans submitted for third Dublin Airport terminal

Concept Plans Submitted For Third Dublin Airport Terminal
Concept Plan - View of Dubin Airport T3.
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James Cox

Concept plans for a proposed third terminal at Dublin Airport have been submitted to Fingal County Council.

Aviation tycoons Des and Ulick McEvaddy want to develop the infrastructure, situated between the two current runways, as part of a new Western Campus project.


They say it would also include a cargo terminal, hotel, car parking and office space.

The existing plan for Dublin Airport relates to an increase of passenger numbers to 40 million by 2030.

Concept Plan - View of Dubin Airport T3.

However, the McEvaddys claim "it is patently clear that further plans will be required in 2027 and this has already been called for in line with the Government’s own Oxford Economics Report into the future of Dublin Airport".


The proposed new D A Terminal 3 plan "addresses the issue of significantly increasing passenger throughput in both a realistic and sustainable manner".

The plan incorporates a "world-class terminal building, cargo terminal, hotel, ample car parking and office space".

“There is a lot of discussion around increasing the passenger cap to 40 million passengers, but this is short-sighted and lacks vision for future needs,” said a spokesperson for D A Terminal 3 Ltd. “The fact is that Dublin airport needs a strategy based on the reality of what is to come. We are looking at a masterplan that not only meets the needs of the travelling public, but with the development of the Western Campus, a significant economic hub for Fingal and Dublin.

Concept Plan - View of Dubin Airport T3.

“The spend anticipated by the DAA for its proposed developments and increasing the capacity by a mere twenty per cent is €2.2 billion. For approximately the same spend on a new terminal building, we will double the capacity.”

The spokesperson added: "Dublin Airport is a vital gateway for Ireland’s connectivity, and as air travel continues to grow, it is essential that we have the infrastructure in place to meet the demands of the future. Terminal 3 is not just a building; it will be a strategic investment in Ireland’s connectivity and in the efficiency of our airport. With our plan, Dublin Airport can become a global aviation hub and a major centre for commercial activity.

Concept Plan - View of Dubin Airport T3.

“Any Irish traveller familiar with airports around the world will testify that Dublin Airport falls well short of acceptable standards. It is crammed and there are queues everywhere. There are ongoing issues around cleanliness. The short-sighted plans that have been developed by DAA lack any clear vision or strategy and are a disservice to the Irish travelling public. The time has come for a reality check and this expansion will not only accommodate the increasing number of passengers, but it will also enhance the overall travel experience. We have the solution."


Dublin Airport operator DAA is not involved in the company D A Terminal 3 Ltd.

A DAA spokesperson said: "The McEvaddys have sought to sell this land over several decades and are now seeking to develop the lands with these creative ‘concepts’ of what a third terminal could look like. daa’s focus is on our own infrastructure application (submitted in December 2023) which is well developed and based on the practical needs of passengers and airlines. We wish the best to the McEvaddys and no doubt there will be a lot to consider for the planning authorities should a planning application be submitted at some future point."

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