Move towards new airport in Santarém

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Lisbon’s new International airport could be built near the Gothic medieval city of Santarém rather than in either Alcochete or Montijo.

This is according to a new investment proposal welcomed by Portugal’s main opposition PSD party from entrepreneur and head of the Barraqueiro Group, Humberto Pedrosa who had been a former TAP shareholder.
Under the new plan, the new airport would be built on a large parcel of land near a service station on the A1 motorway, around 80 km from Lisbon.
Humberto Pedroso, who relinquished his position on TAP’s board of directors in May 2021, is the “face” of a group of Portuguese and overseas investors who are behind the project according to TV station SIC.
The idea has already been presented to the Prime Minister, António Costa and the leader of the PSD party, Luís Montenegro, as well as all the “all the parish councils of Lezíria do Tejo”.
On 19 August the newspaper Expresso reported that the project’s financiers admitted they would initially begin with a regional infrastructure and with just one runway in a scaled down version which could be done for just under €1Bn and without any public money.