The smallest cannot be used by the largest aircraft. However, today they operate in a complementary manner, landing in the first and takeoffs in the second, in what is called segregated runway operation.
Aena has always considered that “the only viable alternative for expanding the operation was to extend the runway closest to the sea, located between two protected areas”.
Regarding the oblique runway (called 02/20, 2,528 meters long), it is used mainly for landings at night (preferred configuration) and, if necessary, under adverse weather conditions.
According to the director of the Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics of the UB and co-author of a study commissioned by Aena to evaluate the economic impact of the expansion.
The studies carried out could be complemented with others on productivity, costs and environmental alternatives based on in complex econometric models. The Government until now clung to that possibility,
The president of the airport manager Aena, Maurici Lucena, has always recognized that missing the opportunity to expand the airport will mean delaying other possible runway extensions by five years.
For the business community, losing 1.7 billion of investment in an infrastructure such as the airport is not acceptable, taking into account that these works would generate 83,000 direct jobs and 350,000 indirect ones.
Despite the fact that the August 2 agreement between the Generalitat and the Madrid Government was criticized for its lack of transparency, the truth is that Aena has always been willing to negotiate the specific details of the expansion, maintaining the need to expand the track but without finally quantifying to what extent the protected lands would be affected.
Yes, the transfer and environmental improvement of land owned by Aena in other areas or even the adaptation of other land in municipalities affected by air traffic has been raised from the beginning. Extend the third runway, the one closest to the sea.
According to the UB study, if expanded, Barcelona Airport would go from having a weight in Catalan GDP of 6.8% to 8.9% if the direct and indirect impact on economic activity is taken into account.
The cancellation of the enlargement means that Catalonia will lose those three points of GDP growth in 10 years. But the urgent expansion proposal has come after a fall in air activity due to the pandemic of more than 60%.
Of the 53 million passengers in 2019, more than 70% did so on international routes, but the activity was reduced and a recovery is not expected until at least 2026.
An important part of Aena’s plans depended on the development of land included in the so-called Master Plan. They even considered negotiating a land swap, for the expansion of the third runway and the occupation of the La Ricarda space.
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