The new air traffic control tower was officially opened at Dublin Airport in June by Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton.
The facility, is 86.9m (285ft) tall and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to improve energy efficiency was completed in 2020 and has undergone comprehensive safety checks to ensure it meets international safety regulations.
The tower includes a control cab, where air traffic controllers have a 360-degree view of Dublin Airport, now required with the second runway. It was built by BAM Ireland and designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects.
The tower will manage the take-off and landing of all aircraft at Dublin Airport and facilitate the operation of the second DAA runway, with the aim of freeing up additional capacity to reduce air traffic delays.
Speaking at the opening of the new tower on Wednesday, Ms Naughton said it was “a significant piece of national infrastructure, which will support aircraft movement at Dublin Airport, both enhancing safety and connectivity as we recover from the pandemic”.
“The tower is equipped with state-of-the-art technology which will improve energy efficiency while also meeting growing air traffic demand. This investment will have a positive impact for industry and for domestic and international customers in the years ahead,” she said.