Expanding Barcelona Airport - economic necessity or environmental folly?
The company that manages Barcelona Airport has published a draft plan to expand it, by building a new satellite terminal and extending one of the existing runways, measures it says are needed if it is to be an international hub. Catalan society and local authorities are divided on the issue, with business leaders arguing it is essential for the economy, while environmentalists warn against the destruction of the Llobregat delta and increased carbon emissions. Òscar Oliver, infrastructure management professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and Olivier Chantry, an organic vegetable farmer and the Catalan Farmers Union biodiversity and climate change representative in Baix Llobregat, give their thoughts. Cillian Shields joins Lorcan Doherty to discuss the arguments for and against. This week's Catalan phrase is "tants caps, tants barrets," literally "as many heads as there are hats," it means that there are as many opinions as there are people.