Presently, the Chamber is one of the institutions that best represents the civil
Catalan society and a first order reference point for the socioeconomic
scope of the country. The Chamber of Barcelona works to improve company's
results by twofold. On one side, it offers services that businesses can
use individually and, on the other, it carries out general interest actions
to promote the country's economic and managerial activities, which indirectly
favour each company.
The aim of corporate actions is to promote the economy and defend the general
interests of our companies.
B) WHAT WAS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S PROPOSAL ?
- In less
than one year a runway parallel to the present main runway would be built
at a distance of only 400 meters. This would allow for the airport's capacity
to increase within 5 to 7 years in order to complete the rest of the construction.
- These two
runways would operate connected to the present terminal without affecting
at all the two protected lagoons
the following years, the construction would include the filling in of
the beach up to the point in which the Llobregat river outlet will remain
once the river is diverted. This would mean reclaiming between 450 and
500 meters from the sea.
- On the
strip of land reclaimed from the sea, two more parallel runways would
be built 2,000 meters away from the two previous runways and with 400
meters separating them.
would be reserved for landings and others for takeoffs
- In the
central zone between the two pairs of runways new terminals for travellers
would be built. These would be circular to reduce the movement of traffic
- The terminals
would be connected to a high-speed train ('AVE'), the subway and a highway
for 120 flights per hour
- It could reach up to 65 million travellers in 2010 and up to 115
million travellers in 2020
- Capacity for all the cargo the territory could generate
- The Barcelona airport could become the Mediterranean's number one airport
and one of the airports with the largest capacity in Europe
- It would be the number one airport in Europe in regards to its capacity
for night flights.
- The airport would become a great economic motor offering 24-hour services
for cargoes, since it would join the expansion of the port terminal, the
new train tracks of European width and new highways. This would make Barcelona
a true nucleus for all classes of transportation.
- The project
required that the present project be abandoned because both were incompatible
- It would cost more than 2,100 million euros (twice the cost of the master
plan in process))
- The urban re-assessment of the protected areas would have to be approved
by the European Union and this requirement would entail a period of 4
to 5 years. Moreover, it would require a high level of agreement among
the affected institutions.
- The Chamber considered the two lagoons to be artificial, as a consequence
of the extraction of arid land; however, it did not propose their destruction
but rather their RELOCATION:
reserve would be moved more to the south (closer to Gavà
Ricarda reserve would
an expert aeronautic engineer, enthusiastically complimented this project
and affirmed that it had great chances of being financed with European
funds, especially for its night operations capacity.
- Propuesta de Normand Ashford
This project was going to be made public on Wednesday June 2nd, 1999,
but the act was canceled less that 12 hours before, after a phone call
from the then president of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Jordi
Pujol, to the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Antoni Negre.
that the proposal not be made public before June 13, 1999 (the date of
the municipal elections), so that it could not be used by the opposition
for vote-catching purposes.
of the Chamber of Commerce agreed but sent copies to the administrations
involved and to other social organizations related with the airport and
on Sunday June 6, 1999, the main newspapers published the Chamber of Commerce's
C) WHICH WERE THE REACTIONS TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S PROPOSAL ?
|Francisco Cal Pardo
of AENA from November 18, 1998, until July 21, 1999 (20 months)
exact words were "the project is ideal from an aeronautic
point of view" though he believed that it could not be carried
out because of the depth of the seabed.
|Albert Vilalta i Gonzàlez
of the Environment of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia (91-96)
Secretary of State for Infrastructures (1998-2000) (Government
President of Tramvia Metropolità, SA (2001-)
rejected this proposal arguing that he did not want to re-open the
debate of the expansion of El Prat.
of the Central Government in Catalonia (1996-2003) (Government
Minister of Public Administrations (2003-2004) (Government of PP)
declared the day after the publication of this proposal that it had to be shelved.
D) THE VIEW FROM GAVÀ MAR
- The runway situated at 400 meters from the main runway would be TERRIBLE and the main runway's use would be just as bad as it is at the present
- The elapsed period of time until the construction of the two runways over
the sea would have been a TORTURE, even worse than it is at the
- The two runways that would have been built reclaiming the land from the
sea would have provoked a lesser impact than the present third runway
- Unknown is the impact of the land reclaimed from the sea on Gavà