Dublin Airport has claimed it has become the first airport in the world to put a virtual tour of its runway onto Google Maps in glorious 360-degrees.
Dublin Airport Google Street View can be accessed through Google Maps from any desktop or mobile device by typing ‘Dublin Airport’ into the search bar.
All 75,000 square metres of Terminals 1 and 2 were captured previously and are also available to view in the dedicated gallery of the Street View website.
The gallery is also accessible through the Street View App.
‘Anyone wishing to have a closer look beyond the boarding gate can now get a pilot’s view down the main runway at Dublin Airport’
– VINCENT HARRISON, DUBLIN AIRPORT
In partnership with Google, thousands of images were captured by Google’s Street View car, which were then compiled together to give a comprehensive 360-degree virtual tour of the runway and airfield at Dublin Airport.
Pilot’s vantage point
“Airfields are exciting and fascinating places for many people, so we are delighted to be the first airport in the world to give free, easy-to-access virtual tours of our airfield and runway areas,” said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.
“Anyone wishing to have a closer look beyond the boarding gate can now get a pilot’s view down the main runway at Dublin Airport, and take a virtual tour around other areas of the airfield, as well as the four boarding gate piers servicing Terminals 1 and 2,” Harrison added.
As it was collecting imagery in a live airfield environment, the Google vehicle was escorted by Dublin Airport personnel at all times to ensure airfield safety requirements were met.
According to Harrison, the Street View data of Dublin Airport’s airfield is not just for aviation geeks, it has an important practical aspect to it too.
“These new images will also help the airport’s Airside Safety Training department, as they will become an essential piece of the training suite in educating and familiarising all airport employees working around the airport’s airfield.”