“Dubai built in 50 years, from scratch, a tourist destination capable of, by 2030, receiving 40 million tourists. In the same period, in Portugal, we were not even able to choose the location of a new airport. A shame that could create serious problems for us in the short term”, declared Luís Pedro Martins.
In an interview with Lusa agency, Luís Pedro Martins reiterated that the discussion surrounding Lisbon airport is a “scandal”.
“Fifty years later, we still don't have a decision [about the location]”, he lamented, referring that the “problem is not just the money”, because he argues that the airport is not built, but “it is not for lack of money”.
Still on air connectivity with the destination Porto and North of Portugal, the president of TPNP said that the “overwhelming majority” of airlines operating in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, will return in 2022 to Sá Carneiro Airport, district of Porto, “almost at the same levels as the 2019 operation”.
Each location has vested interests associated and no government has had the guts to disappoint any of them.
By Peter Kirby Higgs from Lisbon on 27 Dec 2021, 10:27
Fighting global warming means we must fly less often, if at all. The last thing we should be thinking about is building another airport.
By Norman from Lisbon on 27 Dec 2021, 17:58
Montijo seems like a good potential addition, but it would be dreadful without good mass transit--even worse than Luton in London. Fingers crossed to run Metro over the bridge and connect it with a new airport.
I hope they keep the current Lisbon airport. I love being able to get there quickly on the Metro.
By Nevadifornia from USA on 30 Dec 2021, 01:51