Published on June 4th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


Sale of 260 Acres at Dublin Airport

A major landbank between the runways at Dublin Airport in north County Dublin is this week being placed on the market by JLL.  The lands are privately held by the long-term owners. The infrastructural land which is available for sale by private treaty in its entirety or in three separate lots, totals approximately 260 acres.  

Of strategic international importance and paramount to the short, medium and long-term growth of Dublin airport; the lands, which are already earmarked to address emerging and existing demand at the airport, will allow for its phased expansion while avoiding passenger disruption. They are integral to future passenger growth, airport capacity and passenger service standards. In 2023, it is anticipated that passenger throughput at the airport will return to record levels in excess of 32 million passengers. 

John Moran, CEO, JLL in Ireland said: “There are limited international opportunities to acquire a single holding of this scale for a potential airport terminal, airport-related uses or logistics in such a high-profile and accessible location.  This provides an exceptional development opportunity as there are no lands of similar zoning and location which are potentially designated for the short and medium-term development of one of Europe’s busiest and most well-connected airports.” 

The central location and greenfield nature of the area are key advantages, representing the best opportunity to construct a third terminal at the airport and providing the opportunity for scalable and modular growth without the associated major disruption to passenger operations that would inevitably accompany the ongoing expansion of Terminals 1 and 2.  

In the centre of Dublin Airport, between the two existing runways, this substantial landbank is approximately 3.0km north of the M50 Dublin ring road, 4.0km south of the large suburban town Swords and 7.0km north of Dublin City Centre.  It has direct access to Dublin City Centre via the Dublin Port Tunnel and regional roadways.  

As Dublin Airport rapidly moves towards handling 40 million annual passengers, likely within another four to six years, the land is in a unique strategic position to host a third terminal and meet passenger demand at one of Europe’s fastest-growing major airports. In 2023 alone Aer Lingus is reportedly anticipating an increase of 23% in its long-haul capacity, while Ryanair is implementing its biggest summer schedule from Dublin ever, with 130 routes. 

The lands are zoned DA – Dublin Airport, in the 2023 to 2029 Development Plan for the local authority, Fingal County Council.  The objective of this zoning is to ensure the effective and efficient development of the airport in accordance with an approved Local Area Plan.  

The lands are currently in agricultural use and are available to the market with vacant possession.


About the Author

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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