Lisbon Airport to benefit from 380 million-euro overhaul

29 November 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 29 Nov – Portuguese state airport manager, ANA, Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea, plans to invest 380 million euros over the next four years to increase the capacity of Lisbon Airport, the company’s chairman said Tuesday.

António Guilhermino Rodrigues, said that the work, which would begin in January 2007, would gradually increase the airport’s capacity, which is currently 12 million passengers per year, to 16 or 17 million in 2010.

Rodrigues also said that next Summer (when the current airport has most difficulties meeting demand) terminal 2 would be concluded, allowing for “a third quarter with more passenger capacity.”

Terminal 2 will minimize some operational constraints during the time when building work is being carried out, and increase capacity at peak times, especially for domestic and Schengen flights, transfers and charter and low cost flights.

Once work has been finished, Lisbon Airport will have 47 departure gates (30 of which to Schengen countries), or 21 more than it currently has, and 20 direct access walkways, and its cargo capacity will increase from 80,000 tons per year to 100,000 to 150,000 tons per year.

According to ANA’s chairman, investment in an infrastructure that would be knocked down in 2017 may not provide a financial return, but would enable the airport to meet demand, especially in terms of tourism, which would represent high losses for the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, in the third quarter of 2007, the public tender will be launched for the construction of the infrastructure for the future international airport at Ota, which will serve the Portuguese capital.

The future airport at Ota, 60 kilometers from Lisbon, will represent an investment of 3.1 billion euros, and its concession period will be for 23 years. (macauhub)