Dublin Airport is less than 10 miles north of Dublin, Ireland. Although the city of Dublin already had an airport, the decision was made during the 1930's to build a new one. The Dublin Airport opened on January 19, 1940. The original terminal building was designed after ocean liners of the day. As time wore on, the airport received more and more business, but when World War II began, most of those flights ended. However, there was air service between Dublin and Liverpool, England. After World War II ended, Dublin Airport resumed flights around the country and surrounding area. The airport continued to grow as more air traffic and passengers arrived. Eventually, a new terminal was built in 1959. Over a decade later, another terminal was built and the Dublin Airport continued to grow and expand. In 2010, the airport in Dublin opened a new terminal that was designed to handle current and future passenger and air traffic.
There are two terminals at the international airport in Dublin. The terminals are Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 was built in 1972. Over the years, there have been a number of renovations and expansions of Terminal 1. Terminal 2 was built in 2010 and it handles the majority of flights at the airport.
The original runways at Dublin Airport were made out of grass. After World War II concluded, runways were repaved with cement in 1948. Today, three runways serve the airport. The runway that is the longest at the airport is concrete and is 8,652 feet long. The asphalt and concrete runway is the shortest and is 4,393 feet long. The remaining runway is 6,798 feet long and it is made out of asphalt.
There are a number of parking options at Dublin Airport. In Short Term Car Parking, visitors can choose from up to 2,850 parking places that are available. If they would like, people can book a parking spot online. The parking is close to both terminals and it is easy to get to. There are three parking locations, which have Short-Term Parking. Terminal 1 Short-Term Car Park C has 1,500 spaces and is close to the terminal. Terminal 2 Short-Term Parking has 950 parking places. It is close to Terminal 2. Short-Term Car Park A has 400 parking places. Long-Term Car Parking is a great option for travelers or business executives who need to park their vehicles for an extended amount of time. This parking section has 12,400 parking places for travelers, whether they park at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. In Express Long Term Red Car Park, there is a free shuttle bus service that runs 24 hours a day and brings people to and from the airport in a timely manner. In addition to this, there are 8,400 parking spaces from which to select. For folks who have mobility challenges and are disabled, the airport has provided over 90 parking spots for them as found in Reduced Mobility. Parking spots for them are divided by Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Reduce Mobility Parking in Terminal 1 is found in Short Term B. Terminal 2 parking spots are found on the first and second level of Terminal 2 Short Term Car Park. All areas are easy to find and are close to Terminals 1 and 2. Executive Parking is available for the business travelers and others. It is located in Terminals 1 and 2. In Terminal 1, it is located in Short Term B Car Park. In Terminal 2, it is located at Short Term Car Park.