PLAN FOR SHORTER AIR ROUTES

Development minister Magdalena Alvarez has asked Defence minister Carme Chacón to consider opening up the armed forces air corridors to civilian traffic in an attempt to reduce fuel costs. Sra Alvarez told reporters last Saturday that it would result in more direct routes which would mean shorter distances and a drop in contamination as well as lower fuel costs. She said the proposal was in line with an EU initiative to create more direct routes via the flexible use of air space reserved for military planes. She said the skies above Europe are crisscrossed with military corridors which forces commercial airlines to take longer routes to avoid them. She said her proposal would put an end to that, at least in Spain.

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