Alcochete Airport

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New Lisbon Airport is the currently planned site for construction of a new Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon is the capital city and largest city of Portugal with a population of 545,245 within its administrative limits on a land area of . The urban area of Lisbon extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 3 million on an area of , making it the 9th most populous urban...

 Airport, scheduled to replace or complement the current Portela Airport
Portela Airport
Lisbon Portela Airport, also known as Lisbon Airport , is an international airport located north of Castle of São Jorge in the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal...

 in the year 2017.

History


As of February 2008, the location was subject to public consultation. After years of debating whether Rio Frio or Ota would be the place to build the new Lisbon airport, a new location was proposed in Alcochete and won as it was more accessible due to the good infrastructure nearby, for example the Vasco da Gama Bridge.

The location of Alcochete as the construction site of the future Lisbon Airport was confirmed by the Portuguese Government on 8 May 2008. The estimated cost for the project is € 3 billion (approximately $ 4,5 billion).It was intended to start construction late 2010 or early 2011.
In May 2010, forced by the financial crisis, Prime Minister Sócrates
José Sócrates
José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa, GCIH , commonly known by José Sócrates , is a Portuguese politician who was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 12 March 2005 to 21 June 2011....

put the project on halt.

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