Costa del Sol airport development to receive go-ahead

It appears that at the next general meeting of the Alhaurin de la Torre council in September, the councillors are to give the green light to an ambitious project to create an ‘airport city’. The project, over fifteen years, will lead to the creation of a commercial and industrial zone covering 3.8 million square metres in the north-eastern part of the municipality, near the extended Malaga airport.

The project should lead to the creation of 25,000 jobs directly, with an additional 80,000 indirectly over the full period of the project. The 15 years development project will be broken in three 5 year stages, with work to commence as soon as 2011.

The project location should lead to its long term sustainability as it will be located within easy reach of the Malaga airport, the new ring road, the university, the port and the business and technology areas. Additionally it will be within easy access of the rest of the Costa del Sol.

Not only a commercial and industrial development project, the area will also create new parks, wide avenues, green zones, leisure and hospitality facilities with 20% of the project to be designated as residential housing. This should help the are to becoming more active and dynamic area. They may even de3cide to include a monorail transport system connecting the area to the nearby airport.

Although it could be argued that this is not the best climate to start such an ambitious project, the recent expansion of the airport means that in the following years quite a few of the Costa del Sol businesses based at the airport will need to find new premises. This could be an additional opportunity of the Alhaurin de la Torre project.

Andrew Bellés

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