The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has opted this Monday for close a “broad agreement” with the municipalities and institutions involved to complete the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
The Generalitat and the Government have reached an agreement on the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat Airport that “unlocks” the investment of 1,700 million euros proposed by Aena and that will also allow to bring the high-speed rail to the airports of Reus (Tarragona) and Girona.
From Twitter, Aragonès has “celebrated that the possible expansion of the El Prat airport is included in the approval” of the new Airport Regulation Document (DORA), scheduled for September.
“Let’s take advantage of it to redefine the Catalan airport model, which must be congruent “with the 2030 Agenda, he added.
The investments that are made, he stressed, must be adopted “with respect for environmental balance”, the management of the airport from Catalonia, the “improvement of connections with the other Catalan airports” and all this with the “endorsement of the European Commission”.
“We must continue working within the framework of the institutional table on the future of the airport that was set up by the Generalitat. The expansion of the Prat will be specified in the master plan that must be based on a broad agreement as a result of the work of the municipalities and institutions involved”, has stated.
El Prat accuses the government of “disloyal”
For its part, The mayor of El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), Lluís Mijoler, has accused the Government of “disloyalty” this Monday for having agreed “clandestinely” enlargement.
The mayor, who has criticized the Generalitat for having “yielded to the blackmail of Aena“, has reproached the Catalan executive for having made a decision on the expansion “at night” and with his back to the rest of the administrations that are part of the institutional table in which the issue has been working throughout this July.
“In this clandestine way, the Government and a government ministry have reached this agreement out of respect due to the rest of the administrations that are part of the institutional table,” lamented Mijoler, who has said that few have heard of the pact minutes before it was made public by the notice of the Secretary General of the Vice Presidency, Ricard Font.
The mayor, who has demanded the appearance of the Prime Minister, Pere Aragonès, to give explanations about the agreement, it has positively valued the announcement of the continuity of the work table on the expansion project, in which it has ensured that they will continue to participate.
Although Govern and Government have agreed that “the concrete solution” on the expansion of El Prat will be determined in the next Master Plan, which will be after the Airport Regulation Document (DORA) that must be approved before September 30, Mijoler has assumed that the agreed expansion involves the destruction of La Ricarda because “from the beginning Aena has said that the only way to convert El Prat in an ‘international hub’ goes through the extension of the third runway 500 meters “.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.