Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A PROBLEM FOR THE AIRPORT

Oh, dear - just when it was all going so well for Fontanarossa [Catania] Airport, along comes the EU and cuts off its funding for the next ten years. The airport, the sixth in importance in Italy and among the top ten in the country for traffic, no longer appears in the Core Ten-T and Connecting Europe Facility upper band, having been downgraded because of poor transport links - especially by rail -  with the centre of Catania and the port. It is a ruling which will affect not only Fontanarossa, but the whole Catania area, including the port, the Circumetnea rail service and even the new airport at Comiso [Ragusa]. This means that the area will not feature in the new trans-European network corridors planned by the EU for the future and is a cruel blow for the Sicilian tourist industry.

Governor of Sicily Rosario Crocetta and Mayor of Catania Enzo Bianco have met today to decide upon a strategy and will soon be announcing an initiative, in conjunction with other partners, to support the airport. In some quarters this is being regarded as too little too late and there has been much criticism of local institutions for not putting more pressure on the EU.

The continued development and efficient functioning of Fontanarossa is essential, not only to the economy of this part of Sicily but to the island as a whole. Let us hope.

5 comments:

Lee said...

Fingers crossed, then.

Nicholas Temple said...

The Fontanarossa problem sounds like one of those all-too-common situations in which politicians ignore a problem until it becomes a crisis and then scramble to fix what could/should have been fixed long ago.

My prayers.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, indeed, Lee. You're absolutely right, Nick.

Winchester whisperer said...

Maybe the Russian ambassador to the Vatican can help?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a good idea, WW! Silvio, we need you!

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