The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno
Santos, told journalists that the options were to either keep Humberto Delgado
airport as the main airport and Montijo as a complement, or to go with a
solution of Montijo progressively acquiring the status of main airport and
Humberto Delgado of complement, a third choice sees Alcochete fully replace
Humberto Delgado airport, a fourth keeps the original airport as the main
option with Santarém supporting this and finally the option of using Santarém
to completely replace the existing airport.
Pedro Nuno Santos added that the technical committee of the
new Lisbon airport, which has responsibility for presenting a strategic
environmental assessment study with conclusions by the end of 2023, will be
able to study more locations, in addition to Montijo, Alcochete and Santarém, highlighting
that in 50 years 17 locations have already been analysed.
The technical commission will be able to “include, if it
deems it necessary, other locations in the strategic environmental assessment”,
in addition to those “that are known”, he said, recalling that “all the work
that has been done before over the last few years will also be used”.
The Government has also approved a resolution that determines
the strategic environmental assessment to choose the location of the new Lisbon
airport, through an independent technical committee that will have a general
In addition, a draft law was approved that clarifies the
intervention of municipalities in the “procedures for the construction,
expansion or modification of an aerodrome, in order to clarify that in the
prior assessment procedure for the feasibility of the construction of airports,
the opinions of the municipal councils are not binding”, said André Moz Caldas,
Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
Lisbon airport needs
The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing also told
journalists, at the end of the Council of Ministers, that the Humberto Delgado
airport, in Lisbon, needs works “now”, not allowing for an increase in its
capacity, but at least operational fluidity and passenger comfort, taking into
account that the new airport “will take time”.
As this initiative implies an investment in changing the
basis of the concession with ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, owned by the Vinci
group, Pedro Nuno Santos indicated that it is within this framework that it is
possible to “reach a value” for this investment, reaching an “understanding”
with the dealership.