Published on November 3rd, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Dublin Airport Hosts Single European Sky Project Delegation

Image: David Reddington, Dublin Airport, Marco De Sciscio, European Commission, Mariagrazia La Piscopia, SESAR, Elisabeth Stroebitzer, Innovations and Networks Executive Agency and Ross Keane, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport pictured at Dublin Airport. 

Dublin Airport recently welcomed a delegation from the European Commission, representing the Single European Sky Air Traffic Research (SESAR) project to the airport. Dublin is part of a wider group of airports, airlines and air navigation service providers across Europe that are working together on the SESAR project.

The project aims to improve airspace capacity and management in EU Member States and is funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport, a key EU funding stream that supports targeted infrastructure investment at European level. The CEF for Transport aims to support innovation in the transport system to help improve the use of infrastructure, reduce the environmental impact of transport, enhance energy efficiency and increase safety.

Since 2014, Dublin Airport, supported by colleagues in SESAR, identified several projects that were suitable for funding. A total of nine projects have received approved funding of €10.3 million which is approximately 47% of the total combined costs of the projects.

“Dublin Airport is extremely proud to partner with colleagues from across the EU working together to deliver the Single European Sky vision,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“We recently welcomed delegates from the European Commission and SESAR, the Innovations and Networks Executive Agency, along with representatives from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to Dublin Airport to view the various completed and ongoing projects funded by the CEF for Transport. Dublin Airport is committed to SESAR’s core ethos of making air travel easier and, most importantly, more sustainable,” he added.

Chief Strategy and Programme Management at SESAR Mariagrazia La Piscopia said “Site visits of this nature clearly show the operational benefits SESAR delivers. We have 115 fully completed SESAR deployment projects bringing concrete benefits to EU passengers, citizens and economy throughout the EU.”

The implementation of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) at Dublin Airport is one of the projects that received funding. A-CDM is a Europe-wide initiative under the guidance of Eurocontrol, which is the European organisation for the safety of air navigation. A-CDM focuses on aircraft turnaround times and pre-departure sequencing processes to boost air traffic flow and operational efficiency of all airport operators by reducing delays and increasing the predictability of events.

The recent installation of the Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System at Dublin Airport also received funding from SESAR. AVDGS is an electronic display above aircraft parking stands which provides real time information to pilots as they are parking aircraft on arrival or pushing back for departure.

This information means that airline baggage and ground handlers can get to the aircraft quicker to ensure faster aircraft turnaround thereby helping to reduce potential delays for the airline and its passengers. It also means that the aircraft and its support vehicles are not running engines unnecessarily, which in turn can help reduce carbon emissions from the airfield. The group were also briefed by Ryanair and the Irish Aviation Authority on SESAR funded projects they have undertaken to further secure and enhance Ireland’s connectivity.

Ryanair Launches New Service To Billund

Ryanair Communications Executive for Ireland & UK, Eimear Ryan and Dublin Airport Airline Business Development Manager, David Ward at the launch of Ryanair’s new year-round service to Billund.

Dublin Airport and Ryanair have marked the launch of the airlines’ new  twice-weekly service to Billund in Denmark. The new year-round service will operate on Mondays and Fridays.

“We are delighted to see Ryanair’s route network go from strength to strength,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“Billund a beautiful, picturesque town in the centre of Denmark and the home of Lego so I have no doubt it will be a very popular destination for families. We will continue to work closely with Ryanair and its management team to promote this new service,” he added.

Almost 25.5 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first nine months of the year, a 5% increase when compared to the same period last year.  Dublin Airport has welcomed an extra 1.3 million passengers in the first nine months of the year. Dublin Airport has flights to almost 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 53 airlines and is the 11th busiest airport in the European Union.

Meanwhile, Air Arabia Maroc has announced the cessation of the twice weekly Agadir-Dublin service from 2nd November. The airline is reducing operations at Agadir as part of the winter 2019/20 season.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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