A PUBLIC hearing into plans to open a second terminal at Dublin Airport begins today.
The hearing, expected to last ten days, will decide if permission should be granted for the €395m terminal which will be used by up to 15m passengers a year when it opens in 2009.
But even if planning permission is granted, the project could still be delayed. Low-cost airline Ryanair said last week it would seek a judicial review if An Bord Pleanala gave the terminal the go-ahead.
If that does not succeed, the airline said it would go to the European Court in a bid to halt the construction of the terminal on the grounds of "abuse of monopoly power".