The Earth Party (MPT), have issued a statement saying that the Government of the Republic should start negotiations with NATO “in order to reallocate the NATO aircraft parking stands at Porto Santo airport into commercial airline parking bays in order to turn it into a transatlantic ‘hub’.”
In his letter, MPT Regional Coordinator, Valter Rodrigues wrote: –
“Imagine this: a plane coming from South America is late, for whatever reason. European airports are congested so there is no time at the destination airport to allow the plane to land. That plane will either have to circle, or find an alternative airport until slots are cleared at its original destination. Thus making Porto Santo Airport an ideal transatlantic hub.”
Furthermore, it would guarantee the year-round operation of the hotels in Porto Santo and create a more sustainable economy for the island.
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