Portugal: New Lisbon international airport to be located in Alcochete

11 January 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 11 Jan – The Portuguese prime minister, José Sócrates, Thursday in Lisbon announced the preliminary decision to locate Lisbon’s new international airport in Alcochete.

In a speech to the press after a cabinet meeting, Sócrates said that the preliminary choice of locating the airport in Alcochete, was the option that best safeguarded general interests.

According to Sócrates, despite a study by the National Civil Engineering Laboratory concluding that the locations of both Alcochete and Ota (previously earmarked for the airport’s location) were both viable and sustainable for the new airport, the government considered the former (particularly for operational reasons) “was the best option.”

The financial analysis included in the study showed that construction of the airport in Alcochete implies total investment of 4.926 billion euros at 2007 prices, whilst the Ota option required investment of 5.191 billion euros. (macauhub)