The administrator of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal Francisco Pita admitted in Ponta Delgada today that Lisbon airport “loses 1.8 million passengers per year“, given the current capacity of this airport infrastructure.
“We do not have an airport in collapse, we have a crowded airport,” said Francisco Pita, at the 44th National Congress of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), which ends today in Ponta Delgada, Azores.
The administrator refuses, however, the idea of collapse, because the management company of Portuguese airports is “operating within capacity, not above,” he added.
The administrator recalled that Lisbon airport is expected to reach a record 29 million passengers this year, but that it “loses 1.8 million passengers per year” until there is no other solution, such as is expected for 2022, estimated date for the opening of the complimentary airport in Montijo.
He also recalled that the estimated record number of passengers for this year is 10 million above the forecasts that existed about 10 years ago. Hence, I also reject the idea that the need to move forward with a solution like Montijo’s earlier has been neglected.
“We in three years ‘ate’ the slack we had, this was not predictable and now we have less time to take a stand,” explained the administrator of ANA, owned by Vinci.