Ryanair offers to build terminal

Ryanair has offered to build a second terminal at Dublin airport for €250m as a protest against Dublin Airport Authority’s projected costs of €750m.

Speaking at a press conference, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said, ‘The DAA cannot be trusted to build efficient, low-cost facilities. Having announced the second terminal in August 2005 at a cost of €170m, the DAA have now designed this facility, and the costs have exploded 12 months later to over €750m.’

The airline said it will submit a complaint to the Competition Authority and the European Commission calling for an investigation into the increase in Terminal 2 costs.

Ryanair described the proposed new terminal as ‘badly designed, in the wrong location and five times more expensive than other similar terminal facilities in the UK and Europe.

The carrier said it will also be opposing any attempt by the DAA to seek a suggested 25 to 60 per cent increase in passenger charges.