Service charge wrote: Passed through T2 yesterday. How disappointing from an architectural and design point of view.
Firstly, I do not believe the building is particularly functional. I disembarked the plane to find myself with a Pier D favourite: a stairs. Why oh why. 100 people carrying heavy bags, with push chairs and a wheel chair do not want to climb a stairs or queue for one lift. How does a stairs encourage the free flow of people and ease of passage.
Thats nut's, lifts fail particularly whilst being broken in; no less than 3 lifts is adequate for any modern transport hub.
Service charge wrote: The stairs was followed by a long walk, unaided by a stopped travelator. This transit was finished at the passport control where another old DAA favourite was waiting: a maze of belt barriers. I then entered a relatively cramped baggage hall, which seemed to be a carbon copy of T1.
I get the small baggage hall; the incentive in short hall is to assist airlines turn planes around in 45 mins as thats how airports charge for apron fees; consequently as airlines introduced baggae charges people carry small luggage which just hits the size and weight of their allowance of cabin bags; always wondered why Ryanair never sold cabin bags versus scratch cards
Service charge wrote: Beyond this I found myself in arrivals and lost. I wanted to head over to T1 but there was not a single sign pointing in that direction. So I was forced to exit in the island between the car park and terminal. Found the busses there, but again typical DAA no electronic display relating to public transport. So had no idea where busses went from, just an aircoach guy selling tickets from a temporary stand.
Crazy, first impressions of a country matter, it reminds me of the St Pancaras farce in London where a €1bn regeneration project saw the flashiest station renovation forget to install a single atm; different currency zone, no signage,
Service charge wrote: Again as someone said above the car park and terminal bear no relation to each other with the terminal tunnel simply stopping and carpark square design taking over. No gentle merger or integration.
Generally it reminded me of a shopping centre, Clarehall perhaps.
Bad design, poorly implemented and incompetently managed.
To be honest a serious shopping centre wouldn't make that kind of mistake.
Service charge wrote: DAA showed they can't manage T1, they should not have been given T2. The gross lack of public transport information and organisation is a national disgrace given the importance of tourism to the country.
DAA was created along with CAA and SAA http://www.shannonairport.com/gns/about ... ority.aspx
The reasoning was that Aer Rianta had made such a mess that a new start was required; what we got was a change in name only the other two airports are merely subsidiary companies. One of the priorities of the next Government will need to be to bring in a strategic equity partner to sort out the Aer Rianta mess; the name may have changed but there is no way the taxpayer interest is being maximised; with the level of facilities in Dublin the taxpayer should be receiving massive annual dividends as landing charges are high and service provision low; instead of funneling this money back to the taxpayer we get terminals that are overspec on glazing but underspec on basics like escalators and lifts.
I would ask the question of the Aer Rianta/ DAA board what disciplines are brought to the table?
Is there a couple of board memebers that have held senior office in a major International Hub such as JFK or Singapore?
A couple of board members who have worked with Infrastructure funds?
A couple of board memebers who have done major mall development?
No doubt the usual political appointees