With the essential premise that «the tender takes place in this five-year period, as we wanted to by leaving ourselves out of the infrastructures included in DORA II “, Marichal announces that in Ashotel” we are going to be expectant and very critical, in the constructive part “, in order that” this pronouncement materializes as soon as possible “.
On the contrary, the Canary Coalition (CC) group in the Cabildo criticizes the decision of the Government of Spain and AENA to postpone the construction of the new terminal Tenerife South Airport until 2026, as it “harms the interests of Tenerife.” The nationalist spokesman, Carlos Alonso, points out that “on September 20 a majority plenary agreement was adopted in which we requested that AENA and the Ministry include the works in the DORA 2022-2026.” The reality is that “now we see that the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, announces the start of the works for 2026. It is bad news for Tenerife because it may lose competitiveness with respect to our tourist competitors.”
Alonso is resounding in stating that “we cannot wait five years to begin construction. In 2018 we reached a unanimous agreement in the Cabildo that was supported by all social and economic agents and AENA understood then that it was necessary to build the new terminal in the period 2022-2026, but they have excluded us. That hurts the entire economy of the island, not just the tourism sector.
The nationalist advisor introduces the political reading to point out that «Tenerife is not a priority for the PSOE. President, Pedro Martin, met in October with the Secretary of State for Transportation, Isabel Pardo de Vera, and we already noticed that they had not committed to anything. A few weeks later, the facts prove us right. Carlos Alonso states that “beyond the photo and the words, there was no commitment and we are left out of investments during the 2022-2026 period.”
Little serious and wet paper
From the Popular Party in the Cabildo it is announced that it will demand explanations for the words of the Minister of Transport. Counselor Manuel Fernández values it as “not very serious” and “dead paper without a document establishing, in writing, the commitment to carry out the project.” In his opinion, it is “a deception to the people of Tenerife, with the sole objective of obtaining political gain.” An announcement that, he emphasizes, is produced “without even a meeting of the Airport Coordination Committee having taken place”, made up of representatives of public administrations and social and economic agents, “with the aim of transferring the needs to AENA Canarian airports ».
For Manuel Fernández, the fact that the new terminal is not included in the DORA 2022-2026 “is one of the great failures of the president of the Cabildo, who has failed to claim what is fair for Tenerife.” He complains that “despite the seriousness of what happened, he was not even able to appear at his own request before the Plenary, but it had to be the opposition who demanded explanations in this regard”, something that “we will do again after the announcement of the minister ».
The September Agreement
Before the imminent approval of the Airport Regulation Document 2022-2026 by the Council of Ministers (September 28), the Plenary of the Cabildo de Tenerife adopted, on the 20th of the same month, an agreement in which it is stated that the island Corporation requests both to AENA as well as to the Government of Spain the inclusion of the new Tenerife South Airport terminal in the DORA II, as a strategic investment, so as to increase the investment for the drafting of the project for the new terminal that appears in the DORA draft II and that, once the aforementioned project is available, the work is put out to tender and construction begins during the regulation period 2022-2026. At the moment, this document only collects 3.4 million euros to draft the project.