Additional runways for Ibiza airport

October 7th, 2008 - 5:00 pm Posted in aena, ibiza news | Comments (0)

Jose Manuel Hesse, general director of Spain’s national airport management consortium AENA, announced in October that the Spanish central government is planning to invest almost 30 million euros in the expansion and modernisation of Ibiza’s airport in the next fiscal year. Since construction will take several years, Madrid will also have to include millions in funding for the following years’ budgets.

The expansion plans include construction of additional runways. According to AENA there will be an additional runway each for takeoffs and landings, which will allow trouble free continuation of flights even in the case of emergencies. Hesse also stated, “Further construction plans include the expansion of the passenger terminal and construction of an underground car park for guests beneath the current car park.” AENA also plans to modernise the control tower and install new security equipment.

ibiza airportAdditional runways for the airport AENA’s current expansion plans would destroy a number of the island’s cultural artefacts. Judging from the plans five traditional farms would have to be demolished for the new runways. These include several fincas, windmills and waterwheels.

Ibiza’s Island Council is critical of the plans. Josep Maria Gari, general director for the preservation of sites of historic interest, said, “These cultural artefacts are not currently protected, however, we will do everything in our power to ensure that they are preserved.” This could include the possibility of dismantled and reconstruction of the traditional structures in a different location.

After the change in government in 2007 AENA also made a marked downward correction to their projected passenger figures for 2020. While an internal study from 2001 estimated an increase to ten million passengers per year, the newer study shows an increase to just 5.7 million.

The mayor of Sant Josep, Josep Maria Ribas (Social Democrat, PSOE), after a meeting with AENA in Madrid in October, said, “We are now calculating an average yearly growth of approximately three percent.” Commenting on the new numbers he further stated, “These numbers are clearly more sustainable than the previous estimates from a few years ago.”

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