Talks with Aena are in an advanced stage for reaching an agreement that lets Air Europa build a new hangar at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. According to an article published by ElEconomista, the hangar will be built near Terminal 1, on land belonging to Aena. This was explained by Juan José Hidalgo (president of Air Europa) during a press conference on the presentation of their route Madrid-Miami, which will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Hidalgo expects the Hangar will be ready for the summer of 2016. It will be able to hold 4 big aircrafts and 3 small ones. With this project, which is only waiting for administrative permits, Globalia is expected to invest 30 million Euros. According to their estimations, 500 new jobs might be created for technicians. When he was asked whether the new hangar will mean a reduction of the activity in the one they have in Palma, Hidalgo said “that one will continue to work” and “it will be in charge of our Airbus A330, Boeing 737/800 and Embraer”. As for the new hangar in Madrid, it will deal with Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In fact, Hidalgo is negotiating with Boeing for them to set a logistics centre at Madrid airport. This would be their second one in Europe, the other being in London.
Runway closure for a month
Today, the longest runway at Barajas has closed for construction for almost a month. On Wednesday, ElEconomista published an article informing that the Air Traffic Controllers fear congestion in the busy hours. Although we were expecting the closure to be over on May 10, Aena made a press release confirming that the runway will not be operative between today and May 17.
Photo: Brand new boeing 787 at Madrid airport with T4 in the background. By José A. – Flickr.