| 1. The neighbors of Gavà Mar are against
the airport and it is a lost battle
is not true.
The neighbors of Gavà Mar are not against the airport. We simply
want to coexist with it; the airport must be a good neighbor.
Planes have always flown over Gavà Mar
is not completely true.
Until the summer of 1996 there were not many serious problems caused by
the noise of planes for the neighborhood of Gavà Mar. Only a small
percentage of planes that were landing flew over the neighborhood.
summer, the airport decided to change the takeoff route of the planes,
in order to increase its operational capacity, and started sending them
in the direction of Gavà Mar, instead of towards the sea or Zona
Franca, as it was always done in the past.
As a result of the demonstrations that were organized then and the action
taken, we managed to get the transverse runway expanded towards the sea
and the airport went back to its traditional operations from the year
1999. The problem arose again at the end of 2004 when the third runway
was put into service and the new flight configuration applied.
When the neighbors of Gavà Mar bought their houses, the third runway
is not true.
The decision of where to place the third runway
(agreed upon by the 'Ministerio de Fomento' -Spanish Ministry for Infrastructures
and Transportation-, the 'Generalitat de Catalunya' -Autonomous Government
of Catalonia-, the City Hall of Barcelona and the City Hall of El Prat
de Llobregat) was taken on July 2nd, 1998.
Other proposals that minimized the impact on our neighborhood -such as
the one from the Gavà Mar's Residents
Association (AVV), the one from DEPANA
or another one from the Chamber of Commerce-
were completely ignored.
The third runway was put into service
on September 28th, 2004.
The neighborhood of Gavà Mar has existed for more than 45 years,
long before the third runway was projected.
Gavà Mar is very close to the airport; thus, it is normal that
there is noise
is not true.
The towns of Gavà, Viladecans, Sant Boi, El Prat, Cornellà,
L'Hospitalet and BARCELONA are also as close or even closer to the airport
than we are.
5. The airport existed before Gavà Mar; therefore, it is
normal that there is noise
this is the rule to be applied, then it should be applied to everybody,
The new areas of Gavà, Viladecans, Sant Boi, El Prat, Cornellà,
and L'Hospitalet... should also have noise and it would be a normal thing,
6. Since there is not a technically feasible solution, Gavà
Mar is condemned to suffer the noise
is not true.
There are technical solutions to this problem that have been designed
by air traffic controllers and pilots, which minimize the acoustic impact
on Gavà Mar.
These solutions not only reduce the noise in Gavà Mar but they
Planes follow one route or another depending on how the wind blows, and
there is nothing the neighbors of Gavà Mar can do about it
is not totally true.
The Barcelona airport operates 80-85 % of the time using a West configuration.
When the wind blows in a certain way, it needs to switch to an East configuration,
which happens 15-20 % of the time. This last configuration entails landing
in the airport flying over Gavà Mar.
The parameters that indicate when to switch from one configuration to
another could be adjusted, so that the use of the East configuration is
The neighbors of Gavà Mar are only concerned about the value of
We do not want to sell our houses. We just want to get back the quality
of life we used to have, so that we can keep on living in this place.
If we wished to sell our properties we would have done it during the summer
before the third runway started operating.
9. You proposed to expand the third runway, which means destroying
is not true.
was made by the mayors of Gavà (Dídac Pestaña)
and Castelldefels (Antonio Padilla) on November 23rd, 2004, without consulting
the neighbors of Gavà Mar.
Gavà Mar's AVV has never proposed the destruction of a natural
When you organize a demonstration in the airport, you harm innocent people
is a common problem of all protests.
Every demonstration (for political reasons, of taxi drivers, students,
teachers, metro or bus drivers, farmers, tow truck drivers, train employees...)
is always detrimental to innocent people.
In any case, we try to make demonstrations not last for more than an hour,
so people do not miss their flights.
We wish we didn't have to protest; we really don't feel like doing it.
Those affected by the noise are only a handful of people
6,000 people live in Gavà Mar but every Saturday and Sunday all
year long lots of people from the nearby towns of El Baix Llobregat come
to our neighborhood to spend the day.
During summertime, these visits take place every day, due to the growing
quality of our beaches.
If the noise problem remains the same, all these citizens from El Baix
Llobregat will have to find another place to spend their spare time.
Moreover, our neighboring town of Castelldefels could also end up very
affected if AENA carries out with its plans.