Bitburg airport or energy centre?
Plans to build a rival to Findel airport over the border in Germany may have hit a snag because of pressure from green politicians to construct a sustainable energy centre.
Developer Frank Lamparski announced more than a year ago his scheme to convert the former US air base in Bitburg into a commercial airport.
He says he has already secured funding to the tune of 30 million euros for the project which is expected to cost a total 380 million euros.
However he cannot act until he receives the green light from the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament, which has received a rival bid from environmentalists.
Green party representatives in the area have called the proposal “irresponsible” and “unfeasible”, suggesting that a new international airport would be subject to competition from nearby low-cost airport Hahn, just 90 kilometres away.
They would prefer to see the construction of photovoltaic and wind energy systems as well as the growth of biogas producing energy crops.