Autonomous Regions should have input

… with location of new mainland airport

New mainland airport - Autonomous Regions should have input

At the opening session of the Insular Days of Engineering – Transport and Accessibility, taking place today at the Cultural and Congress Center of Porto Santo, the Regional Secretary for Equipment and Infrastructure, Pedro Fino, who was representing the President of the Region, highlighted the importance of air connections to the islands in its relationship with the outside world.

Therefore, he criticized the fact that the central government was discussing the location of the new airport, to be built on the mainland, without listening to the opinion of the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira. Nine options are reported to have been shortlisted.

“The new airport in the country is also our problem, but we continue to observe a regrettable, complete and unpatriotic disregard for the opinion that the Portuguese population residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira and the Azores has on the matter”, he pointed out, referring that there are working groups created to discuss the theme of the new airport, but that “the two Autonomous Regions continue to be placed on the sidelines of this discussion”.

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“It is urgent that the country has a capable airport, which guarantees all citizens easy access to the capital, but, on this floor, we will only have it for 20 years, given the manifest inability of the Government of the Republic to decide and execute this work”, he continued, classifying the State’s inertia as “regrettable”, since “for more than 50 years” there has been talk of the need for a new airport in Lisbon and not even the location has been defined.

“We just hope that whatever is decided, assuming that one day it will be decided, does not further distance us from our right of access to services that Lisbon’s macrocephaly continues to keep jealously guarded in the capital”, he underlined.

Pedro Fino also regretted that the Regional Government’s claims regarding the reassessment of wind limits at Madeira Airport had not yet been heard, limits imposed in 1964. to lead to its indispensable and justified alteration”, he defended.

In his speech, and taking into account that these days take place in Porto Santo, Pedro Fino made a point of highlighting the investment that has been made and that is expected for that island. “The construction, already in process, of a state-of-the-art Health Unit on the island will crown a virtuous cycle of construction of infrastructure and various equipment, fundamental from the point of view of the sustainability of its economic and social development, of which I highlight a desalination plant, which guarantees the supply of drinking water to the population, an airport station that meets the needs of the island, and an appropriately sized harbor”, he listed.

“The Regional Government has, in short, done and will continue to do what it is responsible for, within the framework of its attributions and responsibilities, but, however, the central State still lacks responsibility, as it should, for fluid air connections and between Porto Santo and the Portuguese mainland, and between the two islands of the Region, in the name of the principle of territorial continuity, national cohesion and mobility that Portuguese citizens residing here deserve”, he stressed.

The Regional Secretary also recalled “the development, in all respects, remarkable” of the Region in the last 40 years and, based on the theme of these days, he praised the road infrastructures that the Region has and that have been implemented, expanded and improved over time, depending on the needs of the population.

“Despite all the work carried out, the Regional Government continues to work, as is its duty, with the aim of providing better living conditions to the population, investing not only in new road connections, but also giving existing connections greater levels of safety. , with solutions that prevent and minimize the risk of landslides on regional roads”, he said, pointing out that “Madeira’s orography requires this”.

In this matter, he gave as an example the requalification works of the old regional roads, “practically all of them endowed with a great tourist interest”. These works are being carried out under the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Plan, which includes a set of measures aimed at improving land mobility in the Region, also promoting solutions in the field of electric mobility.

Finally, it focused on the importance of the 4th accessibility, communications. “This greater and faster circulation of data proves to be of special importance for the economic and social development of Madeira and, for the first time in the history of the Region, the sea is no longer an obstacle”, he added, exemplifying that, “from from Madeira, anyone can work for the whole world in the areas and using technological platforms”.

“The Regional Government works to create a favorable environment for this area of ​​new technologies and, for that reason, the Regional Government, through EEM, guaranteed a new submarine cable connection to the Portuguese mainland, equipped with an optical fiber, with characteristics that allow a competent and quick connection of data, as well as sensing for seismic and environmental detection and the monitoring and control of underwater activity”, he explained, guaranteeing that “this area of ​​new technologies will, therefore, be preponderant in the sense of a effective diversification of the economy in RAM”.

4 thoughts on “Autonomous Regions should have input”

  1. Political interference with the proposed location of a new airport on the Portugal mainland is no surprise, but Portugal is a relatively small Country and is already well served with international airports in Porto, Lisbon and Faro. I have experience of all these and it is obvious that Lisbon has the most need of either a new airport, of upgrade of present one. The main problem with airports is noise pollution and the need to keep them well away from built up areas.However, that almost certainly means a longer journey time to reach the city. Also finding a suitable location is never easy and will never be accepted by everyone. Cost also plays a large part in this as it has to have the proper infrastructure and that could be prohibitive for some locations.

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  2. Some very heavy showers in Funchal last night and again this morning. Very quiet out and about with it being Sunday, but lots of wet tourists last night!

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    • What does your comment have to do with the location of the new airport
      Stop immediately trying to change the subject by telling us about the weather what a idiot.

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      • … Mick ,, YOU are the one who should Immediately Stop ,, You are Vicious and Nasty, usually for No reason ,, Plus you dont even live in, or have any connection to Madeira …

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