Clear-the-air talks to beat airport weather

Local 19CANARIAN Weekly has written about ongoing weather problems at the North airport in Tenerife a few times over the years.

Since opening over 80 years ago, barely a day goes by without some sort of weather-related situation.

It is now widely accepted that the airport is in the wrong place, but such was the haste to get it constructed that local concerns and knowledge were overlooked.

This week the Joint Commission Ministry of Development in the Canaries, responsible for air transport, met in Madrid with the intention of addressing a number of measures to improve problems there.

Present at the meeting were Elias Castro, the Regional Government’s General Director of Transport, and Raul Medina, General Director of Civil Aviation.

One of the important points raised was the high number of flight cancellations and diversions occurring throughout the year from the North airport because of adverse weather conditions.

“I have requested that an urgent report about this is prepared,” said Castro. “We cannot continue to allow it to become a permanent problem whenever there is fog.”

A spokesman for the Joint Commission, which will prepare a technical report, said: “Whatever is concluded, it is necessary to make investments to find solutions that have to be made.”

And Castro added: “This situation is repeated year after year after year, and I hope the report results in improved operability, even in adverse weather conditions.”




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