New Airport for Nantes Put on Hold


The news airport planned for Nantes appears to have been put on hold whilst environmental issues are considered.

Two years ago the Celtic League reported on opposition to the Airport (see attached link including video of violence by the French police towards protesters):

Now it appears the project planned for Notre Dame des Landes has had the building permits filed in April 2013 suspended pending appeals on environmental decrees.

Two appeals were filed against the project by environmental groups and community opposing the project: one against the prefectural decree regarding the directive on water; the other against the decree on the transfer of protected species

Opposition to the new airport however is not solely based on environmental grounds.

It was recently revealed by Canard Enchaîné, the weekly satirical French newspaper, that the new airport buildings and facilities will actually be considerably smaller than those of the current airport and would not meet necessary standards.

The authorities were forced to concede the new facility will be “more compact” but asserted it will be upgradeable to meet passenger capacity expected to increase from 4 million passengers per year up to 9 million eventually.

Opposition to the airport however is still strong and it may be some time before the project ‘takes off’!

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information


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