120 organisations call on Spanish government to cancel the expansions…

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120 organisations call on Spanish government to cancel the expansions…

120 organisations call on Spanish government to cancel the expansions of Madrid and Barcelona airports
2021-08-03 12:08:00
A total of 120 social, neighbourhood and environmental organisations are calling on the Spanish Government to halt the expansion projects for the Madrid Barajas and Barcelona El Prat airports. With this demand, the groups are responding to the intense lobbying campaign being carried out by the airport manager AENA to obtain support in different areas, without any public presentations of the projects and with a total lack of technical, social, environmental, economic, financial and budgetary justification. The expansion at Madrid airport is to increase annual passengers from 70 to 80 million; at Barcelona it would rise from 55 to 70 million.  Airport expansion and the growth of aviation are entirely incompatible with climate objectives and commitments. The signatory organisations want the €3.4 billion budgeted for the expansion projects be invested instead in low carbon travel, such as rail. Apart from the carbon emissions, the expansion of Barcelona airport is planned in the area of La Ricarda, an area protected by the Natura 2000 network. The extension of the third runway would also endanger the aquifer system that provides water for the city and is vital for the natural and agricultural areas of the Llobregat Delta. .Tweet   No to Madrid and Barcelona airport expansions July 27, 2021 (photo credits: @Christine Tyler / Stay Grounded) 120 organisations call on the government to cancel the expansions of Madrid and Barcelona airports The expansion of airport infrastructures and the growth of aviation are incompatible with climate commitments. The proposed projects would have significant negative impacts on biodiversity and human health, and are unfeasible in a scenario of energy and aviation crisis. The signatory organisations demand that the 3.4 billion euros budgeted for the expansion projects be invested in a mobility model that prioritises the modes of transport most used by the population as a whole and the most sustainable, such as the train. Madrid, 27 July 2021 – A total of 120 social, neighbourhood and environmental organisations are calling on the Spanish Government to halt the expansion projects for the Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas and Josep Tarradellas – Barcelona El Prat airports. With this demand, the groups are responding to the intense lobbying campaign being carried out by the airport manager AENA to obtain support in different areas, without any publicly presented project and with a total lack of technical, social, environmental, economic, financial and budgetary justification. The final decision on the future of these expansion plans, with an initial cost of some 3.4 billion euros and whose works would not begin until 2025, should be announced by the government at the next Council of Ministers on 30 September. The projects to expand Madrid and Barcelona airports – not the only ones planned in Spain – are two clear examples of a transport policy focused almost exclusively on the construction of large infrastructures in favour of the most polluting means of transport, such as the aeroplane. This vision of mobility promoted by the government is contrary to the model we need to move towards in the context of the climate

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