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Aviation regulator blocks construction of Montijo airport

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Project for new Airport in Montijo

The negative opinion of the Seixal and Moita chambers and the non-issuance by Alcochete led the National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) to refuse to issue a previous feasibility opinion at Montijo airport, according to a source linked to the process.

The legislation dictates that there must be a “favorable opinion from all the municipal councils of potentially affected counties, either for unobstructed surfaces or for environmental reasons “for ANAC to make the” technical assessment of the merits of the project “, related to aeronautical issues (landing and take-off).

The process reaches the aviation regulator with two favorable opinions from the Barreiro and Montijo chambers, two unfavorable ones, from Seixal and Moita, and without presenting an opinion by the Alcochete chamber.

It is in this context that ANAC informed this Monday that it is obliged to reject outright the request made by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, in compliance with the principle of legality and the binding command of the legislator contained in the aforementioned legal provision, “there being no place technical appraisal of the merit of the project ”.

ANAC stresses that “in the scope of the application, the ANA annexed, among other elements, opinions from the municipal councils of the municipalities potentially affected, either by unobstructed surfaces or by environmental reasons, with the existence of two favorable opinions, two unfavorable ones and the failure to present an opinion by one of the chambers ”.

In this context, “in compliance with the applicable legal provisions”, the aviation sector regulator decided reject outright the request for prior appraisal of the feasibility of building the Complementary Airport in Montijo ”submitted by ANA, he stressed.

On January 8, 2019, ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal and the State signed the agreement for the expansion of Lisbon airport capacity, with an investment of 1.15 billion euros until 2028 to increase the current airport in Lisbon and transform the Montijo air base into a new airport.

Strategic Environmental Assessment of three solutions

The Government will move forward with the implementation of a Strategic Environmental Assessment process with three solutions for strengthening airport capacity in Lisbon, once again the Alcochete location will be on the table.

In a statement, the Ministry of Infrastructure explains that the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) will “promote an assessment that compares” three solutions: the current dual solution, in which Humberto Delgado Airport will have the status of main airport and Montijo Airport as the main airport. complementary, a dual alternative solution, in which Montijo Airport will progressively acquire the status of main airport and Humberto Delgado Airport as complementary and the construction of a new Lisbon international airport in Campo de Tiro de Alcochete.

“Following the analysis of the reasoning for the aforementioned decision by the Regulatory Authority [Autoridade Nacional da Aviação Civil], which deserved the best attention, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing informs that the Government will move forward, in the framework of the expansion of airport capacity in the Lisbon region, to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process ”, says a statement from the ministry under the tutelage of Pedro Nuno Santos.

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