Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 cost $805 million to build. It has 40 shops, a new boarding gate, 25 departure gates and 19 aircraft parking stands. According to an Irish Times reports the Terminal, T2, is empty.
Following the gala launch of the new building (see video) one month ago the building still remains empty.
Their report stated that on Monday there were as many staff as passengers in the terminal. Only five check-in desks out of 56 were open. The main restaurant in the terminal, The Oak Tree Café, remains closed. The open plan seating area in the departures is empty.
In the WHSmith bookshop the staff sit looking outwards waiting for customers. They told the Irish Independent “The airport is not fully operational yet…Bored? Not really."
Travel expert, Eoghan Corry, told Pat Kenny on RTE that the shop owners are furious about poor business and the speed at which the flights are being moved to the new terminal.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) deny that there have been complaints. They said “We have not received a single significant complaint from a retailer in T2," a spokesman said.
"The DAA detailed the planned transfer of airline operations in mid-November and this remains the position," he said.
They refused to disclose the numbers of flight that were operating daily. Eithad and Aer Lingus are both running a number of flights each day before they transfer their entire operations over to T2.
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