The Port of Barcelona foresees an increase of goods of 18% and reach 3.2 million TEU
The Barcelona Airport will surpass 50 million passengers in 2018, compared to the historic record of 47 million passengers registered in 2017, thanks to the push of international users.
This was said on Saturday by the general director of Regulated Business of Aena, Javier Marín, who has participated in the round table ‘Infrastructure, mobility and sustainability’, which takes place within the framework of the XXIII Meeting of Economy in S’Agaró (Girona) ).
“I’m optimistic and I think we’re going to exceed this figure,” said Marín, who has put in value the growth registered by El Prat Airport since 2008, when it registered 30 million passengers, and since the opening of T1 in 2009 .
He has indicated that these additional 20 million, from 30 million in 2008 to 50 expected in 2018, are international, while domestic traffic has remained constant throughout these years, and has even been reduced.
Marín has set as an example of success Barcelona Airport, which operates a hundred companies, from where you can go to 212 destinations and in which international travelers were located last year at 38.5 million users, a traffic that has doubled since 2010: “They are impressive figures of growth and efficiency”.
He also referred to the importance of intermodality and the need for the Barcelona Airport and the Girona Airport to complement each other, an objective that is being worked on with the future construction of a satellite building in El Prat, oriented for flights of long radio and from which it will embark after doing the invoicing in the T1.
He also recalled the project to expand the terminal of Girona and its connection to Barcelona via AVE in a 40-minute journey, some projects that, in sum, have an investment of 2,000 million euros for the period 2022-2026: “All this will allow us to take a leap and not be a barrier to the growth of air transport.”
They have also participated in this round table, which has been moderated by the president of Renfe, Isaías Táboas, the president of the Port of Barcelona, Mercè Conesa; the director of Fedea, Àngel de la Fuente, and the CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, Carlos Grau.
2.9 MILLION CRUISEERS IN BARCELONA
Conesa highlighted the leap in scale that the Port of Barcelona gave in 2017, making it the European port that grew the most in containers: “By 2018, the growth figures are not the same as in 2017, but they are still very positive”.
In this regard, he indicated that the Port of Barcelona expects to close the current year with an increase of 18% in freight traffic, and in containers it expects to reach 3.2 million TEU – unit equivalent to a 20-foot container -, compared to 2.96 million TEU last year, 8.1% more.
“We will grow as long as we can release the merchandise,” said Conesa, who recalled that in 2019 the Barcelona enclave will present its strategic plan to continue being a leader in strategic traffics such as containers, vehicles and cruises, a traffic that foresees be placed in the 2.9 million cruise passengers this year, as said, compared to 2.7 in 2017, 7.4% more.
FEDEA REQUESTS AN INTERMODAL VISION
For his part, De la Fuente has focused his intervention on the vices of public investment, such as the commitment to brick and not so much for knowledge, and an infrastructure design “excessively” radial, and has opted to adopt a intermodal vision.
“We want to win votes with tape cuts or we try to help the regions to develop by covering them with cement, there is a lack of criteria of profitability in public investment,” he said, and has given as an example the AVE and some airports such as Lleida, Ciudad Real and Castellón, while regretting that the Mediterranean Corridor is not yet a reality.
Finally, Grau has addressed communications networks and has considered that Spain can be a “reference” to lead 5G, while at the same time it has put in value the opportunities offered by new technologies, since it has affirmed that technological disruptions generate a 30% more jobs than they destroy, although more trained profiles are needed: “The most important challenge as a country is that of talent for this new environment”