On December of this year, the island of Baltra, in Galapagos will open the first green airport in the world.
The work was announced in 2008, but was recently hired in April 2011 by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) to the Argentinean Corporación América. The work started once the environmental impact studies and Environmental Management Plan by the Ministry of Environment and the Galapagos National Park were approved.
The objective is to change the current infrastructure and replace it with another terminal built with materials of low environmental impact.
The investment was $ 23 million, and began in January of this year. To the date there is a 40% complete. Last week, the first ship arrived from Guayaquil, it carried the structures to build the terminal in Baltra. This recycled material is composed of: steel tubes are made from oil drilling in the Amazon.
This terminal seeks to reduce energy consumption and use of renewable energy, as well as adjust the climatic conditions of Baltra, known as the island of iguanas, the operation of the terminal, what would stop using electricity and artificial ventilation to use, instead, sunlight and wind. It will also air intake, while not fill aircraft fuel and ensure the life of the iguanas, one of the main species inhabiting Baltra and that was in danger of extinction for years.
will also ensure the life of the iguanas, one of the main species inhabiting Baltra and that was in danger of extinction for years.
The current Baltra airport can accommodate five aircraft of 100 passengers and the new capacity can reach up to 10 aircraft simultaneously on the airstrip.