The motion on Beja Airport was proposed by the Beja achieved coalition (PSD/CDS-PP/PPM/IL/Aliança) and unanimously approved by the elected representatives of the various political forces, at the most recent meeting of the Municipal Assembly (AM) of Beja.

The document states that “Beja Airport is certified by the National Civil Aviation Institute and is one of the four Portuguese airports that can receive international flights”, both passengers and cargo.

“With the political will to bet on this airport infrastructure, it would even be possible to create a Free Zone here with special fiscal characteristics, where reduced customs fees would be practiced”, suggests the AM.

Useful alternative

Despite admitting that Beja Airport “will hardly be able to be a complementary airport to Lisbon”, those elected defend that “it can be, in case of need and overcrowding at Lisbon and Faro airports, an excellent and useful alternative”.

“Local political action, namely through the Municipality of Beja, must fight and contribute to the regular use of the airport”, sustains the motion.

The Alentejo, “as an economic potential, needs the airport as a hub for development and enhancement of the region, as it has enough space for an air cargo logistics platform, having a high potential as an industrial area”, they add.

The document, which will be sent to the President of the Republic, Prime Minister and Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure, also calls for more public investment for Baixo Alentejo.

“It is important to take advantage, from now on, of the strategic structural funds that Portugal will receive” and that they be applied to “improvement of accessibility, modernization of the railway and the highway, in equipment and infrastructure”, to fix the population and fight depopulation and isolation, reads the motion.