I agree that this is actually one of the most important things happening at the moment. I think its worthwhile giving it some thought and discussion; more typically, political discussion is about stuff that actually doesn't relate to how we're all actually going to make a living for the next few decades.https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0625/973083-daa-runway/
DAA Chief Executive Dalton Philips has said it would be an economic catastrophe if a new runway was not built at Dublin Airport.
Speaking at the launch of the capital investment plan for transport, tourism and sport as part of Project Ireland 2040, Mr Dalton described the proposed new 'North' runway as a once in a generation piece of infrastructure.
He said it had to be built by 2021 and that it was important that new legislation was put in place.
A few comparators:
Dublin currently sees about 30 million international passengers a year. In 2016, Dublin was the 21st busiest international passenger airport in the world. That's a huge achievement, given the constraints the current short runway puts on long haul flights.
The cost of the new Dublin runway is 320 million.
Heathrow has over 70 million international passengers a year - more than double Dublin. Heathrow is the second busiest international passenger airport in the world.
The cost of the new Heathrow runway is £14 billion, or about 50 times the cost of the new Dublin runway.
Heathrow is unlikely to see fifty times the traffic.
Dublin Airport is a national asset that has delivered a lot of good, and can deliver a whole lot more.
(Note: some US and Chinese airports handle large numbers of internal flights, that push both Heathrow and Dublin down the lists if you include domestic traffic.)