High speed train connection announced for Girona airport
55 million euros will be invested in construction of transport link
Plans are in the pipeline to build a high speed train link at Girona airport in northern Catalonia. This is what the Spanish minister, Íñigo de la Serna, announced on Monday from the Catalan capital. The Spanish government is to invest 55 million euros in the construction of a high speed train connection at Girona airport in northern Catalonia, he said. In a change of strategy, the project will not be funded by the Catalan government, but rather by the Spanish state.
The train station will be located 500 metres from the airport itself. De la Serna highlighted that it will be as if the facility is a further extension of Barcelona airport, due to the reduced journey time. “It will favour the growth of Girona airport,” the minister said.
The announcement was made in Barcelona in front of the director of Aena, the entity in charge of the management of airports in the country. The project plan will be laid out this year, the minister said.
Expanding Barcelona airport
In order to promote intercontinental flights, Spain’s Ministry of Public Works also announced plans to build a satellite terminal for the main terminal at Barcelona airport. The initiative was announced as part of a plan for the years 2017 to 2026. An investment of around 200 million euros will be made in order to carry out the project that will begin in 2022.
“We want to facilitate connections to airlines through an efficient hub that is positive for this region,” De la Serna said. He foresees a total investment in both the Girona and Barcelona airports of 1.9 billion euros up until 2026.