The ANA – Airports said today to Lusa that the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) of the airport of Montijo is in conclusion and will be delivered to the Portuguese Environment Agency until the end of the second week of April.
"ANA – Airports of Portugal confirms that the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) is in the final phase and will be delivered to the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) by the end of the second week of April," said official source in response to Lusa agency.
The same source says that "although there is no deadline," the airport manager is "doing what is necessary to shortly deliver the EIA to the APA, thus corresponding to the estimate indicated at the beginning of the year."
The Environmental Impact Assessment (AIA) of the Montijo Complementary Airport and Respectivas AcessÃ¡rios project, which was closed by the APA on July 25, at the request of ANA, justified this request with the need to deepen the study. "
The study "is a very demanding work and ANA will spare no effort to ensure" that the document "integrates all the elements that support a sustained decision," the ANA source said today, adding that work in progress has been ongoing. "Deepened" and "carried out jointly with several entities, taking into account the requisites and information of support required, seeking a necessary consensus for a work of this nature".
On January 8, ANA and the state signed the agreement for the expansion of Lisbon's airport capacity, which provides for an investment of 1.15 billion euros by 2028 and includes the extension of the current Humberto Delgado structure (in Lisbon) and of the Montijo airbase.
On January 4, then Minister of Planning and Infrastructures, Pedro Marques, ensured that any mitigation measures that may be defined by the environmental impact study for the complementary airport of Montijo will be fully complied with.
"The environmental impact study is being completed by ANA – Airports [de Portugal]. The information we have from the company is that it will deliver it in the first quarter of 2019, "Pedro Marques told journalists at Mangualde at the time.
The prime minister, António Costa, also said that only the EIA is expected to be "irreversible" the Portela + Montijo airport solution, considering that there is a national consensus on the project.
On January 11, António Costa admitted that there is "no plan B" for the construction of a new Lisbon complementary airport if the environmental impact study squeaks the location in Montijo and once again guarantees that "there will be no airport in Montijo" if the environmental impact study does not allow this.
On March 8, the environmental association Zero announced that it had filed a lawsuit against APA for a Strategic Environmental Assessment to the new Montijo airport.
In a statement released at the time, Zero said that since the beginning of the process to choose a location for the construction of the new airport has warned the need for a Strategic Environmental Assessment, rather than an Environmental Impact Assessment.