WHY THIS 3rd RUNWAY ?
A) WHAT IS DEPANA ?
|DEPANA, the Association for the Defense of Natural Patrimony, is a non- profit non- governmental organization. It was founded in 1976 with the objective to defend the natural patrimony of the country from a global perspective of the problems that affect the different species, ecosystems, and the relations between man and the environment.|
It was named a Public Utility in 1979 because, since its creation, it has aimed to defend the collective interest, being that it is every citizen's right to enjoy an environmentally healthy country and to have a better quality of life.
DEPANA, is a member of the UICN ('The International Union for the Conservation of Nature'), of CIDN ('Iberian Council for the Defense of Nature'), of BEE ('European Environmental Agency') and of Eurosite.
Most of DEPANA's tasks are carried out by volunteers. The organization is maintained by contributions from its present 1,800 members. Its actions, which are always based on rigorous scientific and technical assessments, have earned it representation in numerous commissions and assessment meetings of public Catalan organizations such as the Council for the Protection of Nature, Natural Park meetings, Reserves and Hunting, Fishing and Health Councils, etc.
The campaigns and activities that DEPANA has undertaken since its foundation have converted it into a prestigious association and today it represents the most important nature conservation project of Catalonia.
DEPANA has worked to establish the foundations that are necessary for Catalonia to develop in a more sustainable manner; that is to say, to balance the management of natural resources. Its actions tie together the problems affecting the different species, ecosystems and the relations between man and the environment.
To achieve its general aim, the defense of natural patrimony, DEPANA outlines the following objectives:
B) WHAT WAS DEPANA'S PROPOSAL ?
DEPANA studied the analysis committee's different proposals and came to the following conclusions about where to situate the new third runway:
Moreover, the location selected by the analysis committee to construct the new terminal for travellers (next to the Remolar reserve) would force the destruction of the wet zones of La Volateria and of El Pas de les Vaques.
After analyzing the asymmetrical impacts, a proposal was suggested to turn the new third runway 12 degrees on the main runway's axis. The new runway would become runway 05R-23L. In a later phase, they could proceed to equally turn the main runway, which would then become runway 05L-23R.
DEPANA affirmed that this position change would significantly lessen the impact on the natural spaces and on the urban zones of Castelldefels and Gavà, and would not increase the acoustic impact on the urban area of El Prat.
The third runway's new position would make it possible to build it longer than what was previously predicted by the analysis committee.
Thus, the transverse runway -which produces the greatest impact on El Prat- would remain practically inactive. In its place a new transverse runway with a longitude of 3,400 meters that would not cross the other two runways could be constructed, avoiding disturbances for El Prat and L'Hospitalet since planes would fly over Zona Franca.
The proposal was completed with the construction of the new terminal near the La Ricarda lagoon and not the Remolar lagoon -which they ended up approving-. This in itself would avoid the deviation of the Castelldefels highway (C-31), which would destroy the wet zones of Can Sabadell.
C) WHY THIS PROPOSAL WAS NOT CONSIDERED ?
When this proposal was publicly put forward, the political decision had already been taken, although the public procedure had not started yet.
D) WHICH OPERATION COULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST FOR GAVÀ MAR ?
- WEST configuration take-offs:
- EAST configuration landings:
Consequently, the possibly improved operation of SEGREGATED runways would be the following:
- In a WEST configuration
- In an EAST configuration (A change in the runways' roles)
- In NIGHT configuration
If the airport were to operate with INDEPENDENT runways: complete