Speaking during a parliamentary hearing, the director general of Vinci’s subsidiary ANA, which manages ten Portuguese airports, including Lisbon and Porto, acknowledged particular problems in the already congested capital’s platform before the crisis.
Flight cancellations, excessive queues, congestion… Lisbon airport faces problems ” Sometimes serious “, acknowledged the airport manager this Wednesday Portugal. ” It is true that in recent weeks we have encountered problems, sometimes serious (…) but we are working with our partners to improve the service. “, announced Thierry Ligonier, CEO of ANA, manager of ten Portuguese airports, during a parliamentary hearing.
The investigation by ANA, a subsidiary of the French group for construction and concessions in Vinci, was prompted by the cancellation of dozens of flights at the airport. Lisbon Passengers have been waiting in long queues for the past few days. He was questioned about the situation in Lisbon in particular portThe country’s second city and queues, especially at border controls, are disproportionate.
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” As for the cancellations we experienced this time, the answer lies on the airlines side as they are the ones who decide them. “, argued Mr. Ligonier. Since the lifting of health restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, European airports have struggled to hire staff, while strikes within many airlines have escalated, leading to flight delays and cancellations.
The problem of congestion at Lisbon Airport and the urgent need to open it due to the tourism boom in the Portuguese capital have been noted for years. Last week, Portugal’s socialist government announced plans to build a new airport to complement Lisbon, located in Montejo on the southern shore of the Tagus estuary, before doing an about-face within 24 hours. After a discussion with Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos lamented communication and coordination errors within the government.
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