Casement Aerodrome

Casement Aerodrome (Irish: Aeradróm Mhic Easmainn) or Baldonnel Aerodrome is an airfield to the south west of Dublin, Ireland situated off the N7 main road route to the south and south west. Currently in use by the Irish Air Corps, and for other government purposes and is the property of the Department of Defence.

It has been suggested in the past that it be used as a second commercial airport for Dublin, especially for low-cost carriers such as Ryanair. No firm proposals yet exist for its privatisation or use for commercial purposes.

The airfield was the one from which the first successful east-west Atlantic crossing by an Junkers W33 aeroplane, the Bremen, took off on 12 April 1928 with Baron Hünefeld, Hermann Köhl and Captain James Fitzmaurice as co-pilot, as well as the first Aer Lingus flights took place.

Anti-war activists have accused the Government of allowing the Aerodrome's use as a US military air base, with recent protests leading to four arrests (Irish Times, 18/4/06).

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