By James T. McKenna | March 1, 2006
Irish aviation officials are developing new air routes over Dublin to allow air traffic contol to better handle the increased volume of helicopter traffic in the Republic of Ireland
According to the Irish Aviation Authority, helicopters will be given specific routes across the greater Dublin area under the new regulations being drafted. The change is intended to improve separation between helicopters and larger aircraft transiting the area and arriving and departing Dublin. The airspace changes are to take effect later this year, according to the ministry. The Irish Aviation Authority reports that it has 123 private helicopters on its register, up from 56 in 2000. There are more helicopters operating in Irish skies, considering those registered in other nations but flying there.