I was born in Lisbon 40 years ago from TODAY, and I lived there until 3 years ago when I moved to the South of Portugal. Lisbon Airport is an old airport indeed, it was built in 1940 and the location after many years is now inside Lisbon already, that's why there're plans to built a new airport 60 miles north in a place where it was an Air Force Base called Ota. Now one thing that I don't appreciate as a portuguese I'm is saying that the airport is a mess, well it will not be much different than other airports, for example I was in August 1998 at LAX and american friends that airport was also a very big mess, specially the United area, everything was upside down and the resting area was much worse than Lisbon Airport....., what happens is sometimes airports have to change and Lisbon Airport has tried to keep going during all these years, now it will change so we hope that the new one is better, we can't forget that this type of airports that where builted during the 40's had in mind a complete diffrent idea of air transportation, you can just built a new airport in a short period of time, so if you look to other airports you find that most of them had to reshape themselfs and other ones had to be builted, look to Madrid, I've seen that airport always with works going on for years, Paris also and that's why they builted a new one Charles de Gaulle, Zurich also is in some very heavy works going on so it's life and we have to deal with that but Lisbon don't have more mess than others!!!
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