Notre-Dame-des-Landes: The pro-airport express transfer Saturday

Supporters at the airport project of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. — JF Monier/AFP

  • A demonstration with a symbolic date : the opening of the airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes was supposed to open in October 2017.
  • “The residents are sick and tired of the nuisance and failed promises. “

They live in Bouguenais, Saint-Aignan-de-Grandlieu or Reze and do not “suffer more” to be flown each day by ” more aircraft “. The Collective of residents in wrath of the Nantes-Atlantique airport organizes Saturday morning (10 a.m.), in front of hall 1 of the terminal, a rally to demand the departure of the airport.

Their action, which will take the form of a ‘ move symbolic of Nantes-Atlantique “, will be supported by the associations pro-airport. Several elected officials, including the mayors of Reze, Bouaye and Saint-Aignan-de-Grandlieu, have also announced their presence. The date owes nothing to chance : it is in effect from October 2017 that the opening of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes was initially planned.

“Tired of the nuisance and failed promises”

“The residents are sick and tired of the nuisance and failed promises. This transfer has been borne by the State, approved by the justice, supported by the polls in June 2016. And one has the impression that any excuse is good not to do it. After Sivens, nobody dares to take responsibility. Yes, we are worried, ” says Dominique Boschet, president of the
association against the overview of the conurbation of nantes.

The pro-airport express quite rarely. This “poses a problem of visibility in relation to media activities of opponents,” says Dominique Boschet. “It is easier to mobilize against something than for something, he complained. The referendum of 26 June 2016 , however, showed that we had the support of the local population. “

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According to the latest figures provided by the management of the airport, Nantes Atlantique is expected to reach in November, the milestone of 5 million passengers since January. The platform had transported a total of 4.7 million passengers in 2016.

A mediation is in progress, decision before Christmas

It was a willingness of the president and Emmanuel Macron. Three mediators are responsible for the months of June to clarify the positions of each other on the difficult project of building a new airport in notre-dame-des-Landes. The three mediators – a former airline pilot, an engineer and a préfète – also have the task to consider the possibility of a redevelopment of the current Nantes-Atlantique airport. They must submit a report to the government by 1 December. The prime minister is committed to taking a decision before Christmas. If the opponents show themselves to be rather calm these last few weeks, the associations pro-airport have repeatedly criticized the close to supposed of the mediation, and experts that it requires, with the minister of the ecological Transition-Nicolas Hulot, deemed hostile to notre-dame-des-Landes