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At its meeting on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the general manager of airports and air transport, Dr.. Pelosi, was exposed to a delegation of citizens of the European guidelines that the Ministry intends to follow to resolve
definitively the long-standing and serious problem of pollution caused by direct flights to the "Pastine" Ciampino.
According to the director Pelosi, Ciampino airport can not, because of the inconvenience caused to the population, support the weight of traffic on commercial flights, including low-cost; therefore, should return to its role, maintained for decades in a manner compatible with the territory, infrastructure intended to state flights, emergency and in general aviation flights.
To achieve this goal, main tool is the approval of the National Airports, prepared by the technicians of the Ministry by amending the one proposed by ENAC, to take greater account of the economic and environmental compatibility. This is a comprehensive reorganization of the national airports, with the optical also reduce the operating costs. In this Ministerial Plan, only remain in Ciampino flights State, emergency and general aviation.
All other commercial flights, including low-cost, would thus delocalized.
This plan must be approved by 31 December of this year.
In these same months as the Authority should control the transport, freeing the Civil Aviation Authority of that latent 'conflict of interests ", due to its dual role as regulator and controller of the management company of airports and airlines.
It would exceed that, the Committee's view, what the former Minister of Transport called Bianchi, l '"mix of public and private interests in ENAC", that has contributed so much to make so serious the situation at the airport of Ciampino.
According to the Ministry, the possibility of relocating in Viterbo, the current commercial traffic of Ciampino, hypothesis when it is impractical, view of the significant public funding necessary to complete the work, unsustainable under the current economic crisis. In this sense it is also expressed by the Court of Auditors.
For some time the Committee considers groundless the airport and the impossibility of Viterbo, whose construction time, moreover, are not compatible with the health and environmental emergency in place in Ciampino and in other neighboring areas.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, a feasible solution, intervening with changes on the current Airport Development Plan, is the relocation of commercial flights from Ciampino to Fiumicino, where, safeguarding the standards of protection and environmental compatibility, you can work to ensure the reception of the flights Pastine.
The Committee does not intend to debate the strategic choices of a national plan of reorganization of this magnitude, but can only take positive note of the determination of the main national institution that governs the transport plane to the final solution of the problem-Ciampino. Meanwhile, would be desirable for a new intervention to reduce air movement, similarly to what was implemented in three years 2008-2010 .
"We observe with satisfaction that is finally able to reopen at once a constructive dialogue with the central and territorial" Adami says Pierluigi, Spokesman of the Committee.
"The willingness shown by Pelosi and the technical director of the Ministry's us hope that the institutions can finally giving effect to the extent necessary to restore legality in the airport of Ciampino. It remains for us to carefully check the facts in the type and number of flights will be allowed to Ciampino and we'll make sure this is done in full compliance with the limits of environmental tolerance, to protect populations, for years suffering" conclude Adami.