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Old 11-09-2018, 10:10 AM
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Default Canarian Weekly: Forum insists on new airport terminal plan

THE Forum of Friends of the South of Tenerife (FAST) is hoping to halt the tender of the new Reina Sof?a airport terminal, and commission a new project.

The organisation has proposed to the Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA) that they stop the bidding for works on the South Airport?s new terminal, and commission a new project instead, employing an architect of prestige and professional experience.

FAST says that it has, for 40 years, been one of the most profitable airports in the AENA network.

And, it adds, part of that profitability has helped finance the construction of other Spanish airports, including those of Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao.

Now, though, FAST members insist that it?s time Tenerife Sur-Reina Sof?a has a new-generation terminal.

They would much prefer that, instead of the proposed solution, which aims to connect the old terminal T1 with a room located in the basement.

FAST President Jos? Fernando Cabrera says that the proposal AENA has just made public is not what Tenerife needs, and that a new project is essential.

Cabrera has joined the wave of criticism, from public and private organisations on the island, saying: ?When it was necessary to expand Madrid?s airport, AENA accepted the proposal of its Autonomous Community and commissioned the project to the famous architect, Antonio Lamela, now deceased.

?The same happened with the Generalitat, and its commission to the architect Ricardo Bofill, while in the Basque Country, it was proposed that it was also a unique building, and Santiago Calatrava was commissioned.?

He added: ?Tenerife is a world-class tourist destination, and the terminal of its main airport is the first and last image our visitors take.

?It is a very important part of our tourist future, which is the future of the Island itself, and it has to compete in an increasingly-globalised market.?
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