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Published on Jul 19, 2012
British newsreel footage of the new airport at Collinstown, Co Dublin under construction in the summer of 1939. With its tiered form, the award-winning terminal, which was designed by Desmond FitzGerald, echoes the look of an ocean liner. The curved design was used to present a large building facade to the airfield side where aircraft would park.The building was designed to cater for about 100,000 passengers per year.
Dublin Airport officially opened on January 19, 1940. But due to World War 2, or The Emergency as it was known in the Republic of Ireland which was neutral, the airport was effectively mothballed for five years.
The old terminal building is now a listed structure, part of which continues to operate as departure gates making it one of the world's oldest working airport terminals. The building also houses the head offices of daa and Met Eireann's Dublin Airport office.