24th Jun 2005, 08:50
Maybe our Portuguese members can give me an overview since they know best about this subject, but does Portugal really need another airport? According to the above they will be building a new airport in OTA is that wise?
24th Jun 2005, 11:09
Is this not the plan for a new airport at Lisbon te replace the current one ?
This has been on the go for a while and i'm not sure if its going to happen or not - maybe our friends in the country can clarify the situation
3rd Jul 2005, 23:26
The Portuguese Government just announced the plans for the major public constructions including decisions about the high-speed train, motorways andthe new Lisboa Airport.
Some years ago a study was conducted to determine where could a new airport for Lisboa be built. There were two major sites/options : Ota or Rio Frio. Ota (LPOT) was alraedy used by the Portuguese Air Force some years ago and still has a runway and other facilities which are used once or twice a year, Rio Frio is located south of Tejo River and the major problem with this location was environmental - the location is used by several species of birds for nidification (?).
There are still many people (actual Mayor of Lisbon included) who want to keep the airport where it is and use one of the near military bases (Alverca-LPAR, Montijo-LPMT or Sintra-LPST) for cargo, charters and low-cost airlines...
Even with the recent construction works (RET, ...) Lisboa Airport his - according with the study - reaching its maximum capacity.