Montijo studies will cost government €17 million
ANA, the company that manages Portugal’s airports, is likely to present a bill to the Government for €16.9 million on studies for the new complementary airport at Montijo on the south bank of the River Tagus at Lisbon.
It says that the bill “should be integrated as part of the investments considered for the new secondary airport project.
Currently nine projects are being studied by a specially appointed technical commission, of which the best and most viable option will be presented to the government by the end of the year, with Montijo eventually being discarded as a viable option.
ANA, which manages 10 airports in Portugal and is controlled by the VINCI Airports Group, has informed the State that it had to shoulder the €16.9 million in costs for viability studies on Montijo as a potential site for Lisbon’s new international airport, an amount that it considers to be part of the investment into the project.
In a report of the activities and accounts management for 2022, the Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) makes reference to a “request for a reimbursement of expenses supported from studies regarding the complementary airport at Montijo” by the concessionaire (ANA), more specifically the environmental impact study.
The regulator (ANAC) does not make reference to the amount requested, neither does it mention if the study was handed over to the State last year.
In 2021, ANAC “rejected” the Montijo site for the new airport following a string of negative reports from the Tagus south bank municipal councils of Moita and Seixal.