Friday 19 November 2010 – Taoseaich (Prime Minister) opened T2 at DUB and the first Aer Lingus aircraft operated an inbound Revenue service. Public and passenger response was enthusiastic.
International Operations commenced soon after with Etihad Airways securing a favoured gate for their daily DUB-AUH service (used regularly by commuting Australians from Periploi Aviation during the ORAT project)
Aer Lingus expanded services to shake down facilities and systems and full operations – including Trans-Atlantic A-330 services) were progressively introduced from Nov 2010 to March 2011.
The arctic blast in late Nov and Dec validated the caution by EI and the Project team in managing the transfer to T2.