Lisbon’s new airport

… Santarém emerges as a possible location

Santarémwhich has emerged as a possible location for Lisbon's new airport

The Portugal Resident reports on a ‘brave new plan’ to try and break the deadlock over where to site Lisbon’s new airport has been presented to prime minister António Costa, to the (main) PSD opposition and to 11 municipalities most affected.

In an exclusive by SIC television news, the PSD said they were keen to be included in negotiations with the government.

The apparent trump card of this latest idea – following a long series of ill-fated proposals – is that it will involve no significant public investment. The plan has been put together by former TAP shareholder and businessman Humberto Pedrosa, and involves “a group of private investors” thus far unidentified.

According to SIC, it involves constructing a new complex 90km from the current Lisbon airport – a terminal so ‘old’ and beset with issues that it has already been classified as “one of the worst airports in the world”.

The ‘exact location’ seems to be between the parishes of São Vicente do Paúl and Casével, alongside the A1 service station of Santarém. The land in question is flat, rural and thus far belongs to ‘other people’. If seen as ‘a good plan’, in other words, land purchases will have to be negotiated.

The Portugal Resident observes that as huge as this one issue may sound, enthusiasm for the plan in the Santarém district is thought to be robust. The way forwards will involve a period of  ‘public consultation’, and lots of further negotiations.

“This is an enormous undertaking in the long term. All studies have pointed to Portugal desperately needing a new airport – although in the short-term (due to the various global crises) visitor numbers may be set to fall. The current government has managed to create a great deal of noise about Lisbon’s new airport, but achieve nothing.”

Thanks to PeterA for the link

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