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Spain | Plan to expand Barcelona airport—which would affect wetland PA—put on hold until 2026

The Spanish government and state airports authority Aena are ruling out any expansion plans for Barcelona’s El Prat airport until at least 2026, after the announcement yesterday that the planned investment of €1.7 billion for the project was being put on hold due to differences with the Catalan regional government.

Raquel Sánchez, the minister for transportation, mobility and urban agenda, said during an interview with the Cadena SER radio network today that this was “a missed opportunity,” but added that the project could not be taken to the Cabinet “in these conditions.” September 28 is the deadline for the approval for the document known as DORA that regulates Aena’s investments and tariffs for the next five years, and included the expansion of El Prat, which was due to have been completed by 2031.

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