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Horta ,  March 14, 2019

Certification of Lajes Base for civil use ensures more competitive infrastructure, says Ana Cunha

The Regional Secretary for Transport and Public Works assured at the Legislative Assembly in Horta that the certification process of Lajes Base for permanent use by civil aviation had "very relevant implications at operational level," which mainly concern the streamlining of operations.
Ana Cunha pointed out that one of these "very relevant" implications concern "the interdictions for reasons of national defence, which, in the past, could be imposed at any moment. Currently, they are usually announced at 15 days in advance, thus avoiding irregular situations as it gives enough time to notify civil aviation and to adapt civil aviation operations to these interdictions."
The Secretary for Transport stated that this process has made Lajes Airport more attractive. According to her, "the attractiveness of an airport depends on its ability to provide more and faster services and, above all, on the price of these services."
In that regard, she also referred to the ordinance defining the fees for Terceira Airport. It provides for a 50% reduction, which is "quite significant in a regional and national context."
As for the public announcement of the civil certification of Lajes Airport, Ana Cunha stressed that "this announcement has been made not only by the media but, above all, by the main civil aviation sites and the entities responsible for the dissemination and provision of aeronautical information: the Air Force, ANAC - National Civil Aviation Authority and NAV - Portuguese Air Traffic Services."
According to Ana Cunha, "after the certification process, the Lajes Civil Airport (ACL) disseminated among the usual companies operating at that airport - handling companies - all changes following the signing of the protocol, namely publication procedures under AIP-Aeronautical Information Publication." Moreover, it has also published "all these necessary procedures and forms on its official website and, therefore, the announcement has been made" in this as well as in other public and private civil aviation platforms and sites.
According to the Regional Secretary, the promotion of airport infrastructures "is not solely carried out through contacts with operators, hotels and the various entities operating in the tourism sector. In fact, it is also carried out "through participation in fairs, such as the two recent fairs in which the Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism participated: Lisbon Travel Market and IBT - Berlin Tourism Fair."
"These promotional efforts also cover the Terceira Airport like the remaining airports of the Azores," said the government official.
Ana Cunha also stated that the operation of the airport anemometer, "according to the information released by Lajes Civil Airport, provides all the information deemed necessary for aviation. The device is neither approved nor certified by ICAO as it does not provide the frequencies required by ICAO, but provides the frequencies required by U.S. forces, which are sufficient for the operation."
In this regard, the Regional Secretary revealed that "this certification may be already solved by June. Even though, she cannot fully guarantee that this certification will take place, as "it does not depend on Lajes Civil Airport, there steps being taken towards this certification.
Regarding the possibility of increasing the "Charlie" apron, Ana Cunha mentioned that, currently, the Government intends to "invest in the redevelopment of the apron, a necessary intervention, and not in its expansion. As she noted, it has a parking capacity for four or five aircraft, depending on their parking position," and the whole airport has capacity for 53 aircraft and 30 fighters, so it does not seem that we have a space problem."


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