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Much delayed new Nantes airport finally gets a thumbs up

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Much delayed new Nantes airport finally gets a thumbs up

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The building of a controversial new airport near Nantes in north-west France has finally been given the go-ahead in a ballot. Over 55% of voters gave their approval.

The venture was first proposed nearly 30 years ago but over the years there has been much oppostion mainly on environmental grounds.

Construction on the 580-million-euro project has been delayed several times. It is scheduled for opening next year, and aims at replacing the current Nantes Atlantique Airport, which only has a capacity of 3 million passengers.

The Aéroport du Grand Ouest wants to increase that number to 9 million by 2050, and become an international gateway for western France.

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