Seixal should become the only municipality on the south bank to maintain the veto over the location of the future airport in Montijo.
Moita changed its political color in the last local elections, moving from the CDU to the PS. After this change, Seixal may become the only municipality on the south bank to keep the veto to the location of the future airport in Montijo.
Carlos Albino, president-elect at Moita, said, in statements to Público, that he will give a positive opinion if the location obtains a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.
“The airport it’s been going on for too long. We cannot continue to wait indefinitely. Now is the time for the technicians to develop their work, in the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) that is taking place”, said the socialist.
“Any airport solution will always have an impact, but there will also always be measures to minimize this impact”, he added. “The CDU defended an SEA and this is what is being done. The Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) has competent technicians and is reputable.”
Joaquim Santos, re-elected president of the Seixal City Council, did not comment About the subject.
It should be remembered that the project for the construction of the new airport at Air Base No. 6 (BA6) had received a negative opinion from Moita and Seixal. The National Civil Aviation Authority assumed them as vetoes, considering them binding, rejecting “outright” the request for prior assessment of the feasibility of building the Complementary Airport in Montijo.
In the framework of the previous Environmental Impact Study (EIA), ANAC received two positive opinions (Montijo and Barreiro) and two negative opinions (Moita and Seixal).