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One Dubliner filed 64 complaints a day to Dublin Airport last year

Khalid Umar Malik
07 Feb 2023, 00:54 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Last year, one person was responsible for nearly 90% of all complaints about aircraft noise at Dublin Airport.

The serial complainer filed 64 incidents with the airport operator DAA on a daily average.

In 2022, the individual reporting claims of excessive noise from aircraft taking off and landing since 2019 filed 23,431 complaints.

The individual, believed to be based in the northwest Dublin suburb of Ongar, filed 2,616 complaints with the DAA in July 2022.

This equated to an average of 84 aircraft noise incidents per day.

According to new DAA figures, 26,196 complaints about aircraft noise at the facility were recorded in 2022.

This is a 93% increase over the previous year, with nearly 13,000 more reports.

While one individual's complaints skewed the results, there was an increase in the overall number of complaints.

This has been attributed to increased aircraft movements due to the relaxation of Covid restrictions and the opening of the new €320 million North Runway. Other members of the public's complaints more than doubled from 1,296 in 2021 to 2,765 last year. There was also a threefold increase in the number of unique individuals who complained in 2022. There were 608 in total, compared to 174 in 2021.

The data show increased complaints after the runway opened in late August.

Flights departing from the North Runway were rerouted earlier this year after residential areas were "unexpectedly overflown," according to DAA.

A spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the latest figures.

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