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Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport considers 'annexing' another airport to solve capacity shortage

Is it possible to ‘annex’ a neighbouring airport – its runway(s) or terminal(s) or both – in order to provide additional capacity while coming under the direct control of the principal airport? That seems to be one potential solution to the capacity issues at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport – or at least, that is the language being used. The problem is that the ‘annexed’ airport in this case would be a little matter of 20km (12.5 miles) by road from the principal one, across the Vasco de Gama Bridge over the River Tagus.

This report looks at what has prompted the Portuguese government to investigate this solution.

Meanwhile, Lisbon is not alone in considering such an option, one that has come under the microscope at Mumbai and London and which might be applied elsewhere.

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