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Aena confirms the investment of 2,400 million in Barajas and believes that not expanding the Prat is “a very serious mistake”

Aena confirms that one of the priorities of its revised strategic plan until 2026 will be the expansion of the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. A project that was already advanced by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in the latest edition of the Fitur tourism fair, which will entail an investment of 2.4 billion euros. “It will be the airport with the most growth potential in Europe,” Sánchez said.

The airport manager has updated the current strategic plan until 2026 and, during the presentation to investors, has announced that the investment in Barajas will not only focus on the next Airport Regulation Document (Dora), but will also cover the next investment projects.

The president and CEO of Aena, Maurici Lucena, has also stated that the company has no interest in investing in London’s Heathrow airport, from which Ferrovial wants to leave. “It is not a natural objective,” he told investors. Aena already has the London Luton one. However, it will analyze other infrastructure purchasing opportunities outside of Spain.

Later, to the press, Lucena assured the media that Aena “nothing prevents it from analyzing mature airports, but it is not the main objective, in general.” “If the profile, the prices, were different, we could look at it,” he clarified. over Heathrow.

The company reviews its strategic plan because it is experiencing a “sweet moment” due to the rebound in tourism. “2023 determined the end of the pandemic in air transport. “It was a record year.” “Without Aena airports, tourism would not be possible,” he summarized.

“We are changing the projections of our activity scheme,” he justified, in relation to the pure airport and commercial sectors, the airport stores.

In this strategic plan, Aena places four airports in the project phase: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Tenerife South, Tenerife North-Ciudad de La Laguna and César Manrique-Lanzarote. The same does not happen with Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat (T1 and T2) which is in the pre-project work phase, what is called functional design. The same occurs with those of Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández, Valencia, Ibiza, Menorca, Bilbao, Santander and Melilla.

“Very serious error” not expanding El Prat

“It seems to me to be a very serious mistake not to expand the Barcelona airport. It will negatively affect the competitiveness of the Catalan and Spanish economies,” he assured the media, especially when “Madrid airport is going to reach 90 million passengers. It is going to be a brake on the economy of Catalonia. The ball is still in the court of the Government of the Generalitat.” “Administratively, it is very complicated,” she assumed in comparison to other aerodromes.

Yes, there are going to be changes in T1 at the Barcelona airport, but not because of the expansion, but rather because of baggage management, so that it is faster.

He has also indicated that “the transfer of El Prat to the Generalitat has never been considered” and that with Aena’s ownership structure it is “extraordinarily difficult.” “Private and public shareholders are aware that our second largest asset is Barcelona airport and we have to adopt measures that benefit the company and its shareholders.”

For this year, Aena expects that 294 million passengers will use Spanish airports this year and, next year, exceed 300 million.

“The airports are going to need more capacity and, with the airlines, we have to propose an investment profile to increase that capacity in the Dora 3” until 2032. “The goals that we set a year and a half ago have become obsolete.” From commercial activity alone, it foresees an increase in income of 48% in 2026 compared to 2019.

For that year, it foresees that its Ebitda, its gross result, will grow by 20% compared to 2023, when it stood at 3,000 million euros. In addition, it wants 80% of its results to go to dividends, according to the company, which is 51% controlled by the State.

“Nothing that has come out” of the ‘Koldo case’ has “an impact on Aena

Regarding the ‘Koldo case’, Lucena has indicated that “we have no relationship with what has become known regarding contracting”; She has pointed out that “in the Adif and Puertos awards, an order was approved that required transfers at the same price, but it is a ministerial order for an award that was not ours. It is a third derivative. Nothing that has come out has an impact on Aena. I have known him through publication in the media,” she summarized.

“Nothing invites us to an internal audit, because nothing that has come out implicates Aena, but we are careful to review, because there are companies of these that have had previous activity. We have the common sense and good care to see if they have had a relationship with us and if it is perfect, which is the case,” he added.

Regarding the “famous day”, he pointed out, in reference to the meeting of the former Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, with the Vice President of Venezuela, Delsy Rodríguez of the recording tapes that Aena had, “a Judge, I have not seen them, we will transfer them to you. “That’s all,” Lucena assured.

“Aena does not keep any copies. We received an order that obliged us to guard them, after a few months a judge asked us to hand her over, we have nothing in our possession,” she repeated to the media. And, regarding the presence that night of the businessman Víctor de Aldama, “I have no idea. Don’t know. We do not have access to individual passenger information. “That’s up to the airlines.”

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