Environment Ministry rejects Fiumicino airport expansion

 ROME – A technical commission of the Ministry of the Environment has rejected plans to expand Rome’s Fiumicino airport on the grounds that the expansion would take place in a nature reserve.

 A plan presented by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) on March 31 2017 was rejected Monday by the ministry, who described it as “incompatible with the nature reserve,” says Il Fatto Quotidiano.

  A number of campaign groups against the airport’s expansion have expressed their satisfaction with the result.

 The mayor of Fiumicino, however, Esterino Montino, noted that the ruling left the possibility of a fourth runway at Fiumicino open, and that the commission “recognised the necessity of developing the Fiumicino hub” although this could not be incompatible with the ecosystem of the area.