Plans For New Airport in Lisbon Rejected

Portugal’s aviation regulator has rejected plans to build a second airport in Lisbon. The National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) refused the plans as a unanimous favourable vote was not given by all the communities that would be affected by a new airport in the city.

Future of a second airport uncertain

It it a huge blow for the Portuguese Government as a second airport to help with the country’s infrastructure has been debated for a number of decades. The second airport was proposed to be at the existing Montijo military air base in the Lisbon metropolitan area. In a statement released by ANAC yesterday, they said that the reason for the rejection was due to a law that means all communities need to agree for the project to go ahead.

Lisbon Airport
Lisbon’s Only Airport, Humberto Delgado Airport © Jimmy Pierce

Despite the plans receiving two communities in favour for a second airport in Lisbon, two unfavourable votes were given and one not presented at all. Therefore ANAC said: “It is concluded that ANAC is obliged to reject the request outright” under Decree-Law no. 186/2007.

Last year, the Portuguese Government said that this law should be changed.

Why does Lisbon need a second airport?

The decision by the ANAC is a setback for the Portuguese Government as plans for the airport were initially considered due to Lisbon’s only airport, Humberto Delgado Airport operating at maximum capacity.

In 2019, the government signed an agreement with ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal (the country’s airports manager) to increase Lisbon’s airport capacity and transform Montijo’s air base to a secondary airport in the capital, whilst also investing €1.15 billion by 2028 to increase Lisbon’s current airport.

Environmental concerns

The statement released by ANAC also showed that some of the communities had concerns over the impact increased flight activity at Montijo would have on the environment. The Montijo site is on the Tagus estuary, a nature reserve where thousands of wetland birds congregate on their journey between Northern Europe and Africa. The site is currently protected under numerous international treaties due to its importance for these protected species leaving questions on how this airport would affect the habitat if it is eventually approved.

Montijo Air Base
Montijo Air Base © Dave

It is unclear where the decision made by ANAC leaves the Portuguese Government now on what would have been one of their biggest infrastructure projects to date. It seems all the while the law gives the control to the communities, the plans will be rejected which raises concerns for Lisbon’s only airport with the increasing tourism the city attracted before the pandemic.

Let us know what you think about the debate and whether you think Lisbon should get a second airport below. 

 

Subscribe to our Weekly Digest!




More News

Jet2 Announces Exciting New Christmas Market Routes For Winter 2024/2025

Christmas has come very early for Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks passengers with...

Avelo Airlines Announces 4 New Routes from New Haven Airport

American ultra-low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines has announced plans to...
Charlotte Barcham
Charlotte Barchamhttps://charlottebarcham.co.uk%20
Aviation Journalist - A 22-year-old Multimedia Journalism graduate with by-lines in the Kentish Express, Charlotte is a travel and aviation enthusiast, covering the latest news for Travel Radar. On the side she loves visual media, with a licensed video used for an Aer Lingus advert. Outside of travel, she is a third-dan black belt in Taekwondo and also enjoys running, reading and exploring!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!


>
Wordpress themeseotakipçi satın alankara implant fiyatları11yol kapanıpassport psdbatman evden eve nakliyatbalkon köşe takımılastik patlatanevden eve nakliyatkartal evden eve nakliyatfatih antika eşya alanlarfenerbahçe antika eşya alanlarnakliyatantika alanlarantika alanlarwoocommerce baselJannah themeeskişehir inşaat şirketlerieskişehir uydu tamirkitap alanlarantika alanlarantika alanlarseoEskişehir uyduİzmir psikologeşya depolamaantalya haberpgcdpgcdpmsaAccident LawyerDental Implantiqos tereatuzla evden eve nakliyatAntika alan yerlergaziantep evden eve nakliyateskişehir saç protezihayır lokmasıtuzla evden eve nakliyatodunpazarı emlakhayır lokmasıbatman evden eve nakliyatpendik evden eve nakliyatgölcük evden eve nakliyatgölcük evden eve nakliyatelektrik taahhüt firmalarıbuy hacklinkistanbul evden eve nakliyatankara evden eve nakliyatavcılar korsan taksibahcelievler korsan taksibestwhozisahibindenporselen kaplama dislerankara diş estetiğidiş teli tedavisimersin evden eve nakliyatturkmmometin2 pvpmetin2 forumitemciEtimesgut evden eve nakliyatreplika saatlertuzla asansörlü nakliyatkartal evden eve nakliyatgebze evden eve nakliyatankara evden eve nakliyatatasehir korsan taksiankara parca esya tasımaankara gülüş tasarımıankara gülüş tasarımıankara implant fiyatlarıniğde evden eve nakliyatEskişehir yabancı dil okulujojobetAnkara Evden Eve Nakliyatvozol 12000puffcoinbaristanbul saç ekimiankara çıkışlı günübirlik turlarEtimesgut evden eve nakliyatEtimesgut evden eve nakliyathasankeyf evden eve nakliyatkadıköy evden eve nakliyatmersin evden eve nakliyatçankaya evden eve nakliyatankara parca esya tasımaanadolu yakası korsan taksimaltepe evden eve nakliyattuzla evden eve nakliyatankara implant fiyatlarıankara gülüş estetiğiyenimahalle evden eve nakliyaten yakın çekiciAntalya Çittereatereaseo çalışmasıistanbul hayır lokmasıbatman nakliyatata şehir evden eve nakliyatholiganbetmaltepe evden eve nakliyatüsküdar evden eve nakliyatmersin nakliyatelektrik taahhüt firmalarıgüneş enerji firmakepenk tamiri
ankara escortizmir escortporno izleetimesgut escortdeneme bonusuCasinoslot girişbig bass bonanza oynaAviator oynasugar rush oynaçankaya escortsweet bonanzagates of olympus oynakayseri escortçankaya escortkızılay escortkeçiören escortBahisnoweryaman escortdiyarbet girişCasinoslotwild west gold demo oynaredbullholdenracing.comdenemebonususiteler.comankara escortmarsbahisMatadorbetMatadorbetEscortSaatlik escortManisa escortGümüşhane escortfethiye escortDeneme Bonusu Veren SitelerDeneme Bonususahabetcasibomcasibom girişŞişli escortizmir escortDenizli escortMalatya Escortşanlıurfa escortHacklinkBeşiktaş escortAtaşehir escortBeylikdüzü escortkadıköy escortcialisViagraBahis siteleriEsenyurt escortbets10marsbahismasözmasözantalya escortmarsbahiscasibom