French Government definitely abandons project of a second airport in Nantes


After decades of procrastination, the French government abandons the project of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, a second airport for Nantes

Nantes-Atlantique Airport © André Orban

This is the end of a story that has lasted more than half a century: the French government says no to Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport.

Notre-Dame-des-Landes is a town located north of the city of Nantes. In the 1960s, authorities planned the creation of an airport in addition to the existing one, Nantes-Atlantique. The project was quickly forgotten until it was relaunched in the years 2000.

The pro-airport people think that the current infrastructures in the west of France are insufficient for its economic development. The anti-airport ones for their part invoke, among other things, environmental threats: Notre-Dame-des-Landes would be a project of the past century.

Rather than an additional airport, the French government plans to develop the existing airport.


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