The Dublin Airport Authority is planning a /25m extension to its Pier D facility to help meet the huge demand for quick turnaround short-haul flights from Ryanair and Aer Lingus. The new two-storey extension will increase the size of the existing Pier D facility by about 30% adding seven new boarding gates serving eight aircraft parking stands. Subject to planning permission being granted, construction of the 4,500 square metre extension should begin in December and the facility will be completed by January 2010.
Pier D itself opened on budget on 28 October 2007. The facility cost /120m including the cost of the new elevated Skybridge (pictured) that links the pier to the existing passenger terminal.