Portugal: 'There is no plan B' if report rejects airport - Prime Minister

Portuguese prime minister, António Costa, on Friday said that "there is no plan B" for building a new complementary airport of Lisbon if the report on the environmental impact rejects Montijo

Portuguese prime minister, António Costa, on Friday said that “there is no plan B” for building a new complementary airport of Lisbon if the report on the environmental impact rejects Montijo.

In the parliament’s fortnightly debate, the coordinator of the Left Bloc party, Catarina Martins, once more criticised the government’s decision to sign an agreement for the new airport in Montijo without the study of environmental impact, questioning what the government would do if the project failed in the report.

“Is there a plan B? No, there is no plan B. There is a huge problem that we will have to take 10 to 15 years because then the solution would have to be at least 10 to 15 years to build a new airport from scratch under financing conditions that none of us can say what they are,” said Costa.

According to Costa, one cannot “resstep back from solving a problem that is urgent for the Portuguese economy.”

“At this point, we are no longer discussing what the ideal solution is, what we have to discuss is what solution is possible now,” he said.

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