According to the president of the Spanish airline Vueling, Sanchez-Prieto, it is impossible to expand the Barcelona’s airport because planes cannot fly over Lionel Messi’s house.
The president went further to complain that such a restriction not to fly planes over the Argentine’s house is impending development in the country.
“You cannot pass over where Messi lives,” Prieto said before adding that: “This doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.” He said.
The comments of the airline president generated a lot of negative reaction on social media against the airline and the airline was forced to issue an apology to the FC Barcelona superstar together with anyone that might have been hurt as a result of the airline president’s remark.
People on social media began to question why Messi’s mansion was marked a no fly zone. After one year and seven months AS Magazine came up with the answer as to why Messi’s house was a no fly zone. According to AS Magazine Barcelona’s airport is under restriction and planes entering from El Prat into the Barcelona’s stadium have to take a different turn-around route to protect endangered fauna and flora species.
Lionel Messi lives in Gava, a town in the outskirt of Barcelona, where there is an environmental restriction that does not permit planes to fly overhead.
Messi instructing El Prat not to interrupt his siesta.
According to Spanish daily, AS;
“As might have been expected, the answer was rather more straightforward than Messi instructing El Prat not to interrupt his siesta.’
“The Barcelona captain lives in the municipality of Gavà, about 25km outside of Barcelona and inside the Parque Natural del Garraf, an area protected under Spanish environmental legislation and that contains endangered flora and fauna.’
“Therefore, planes arriving at and leaving El Prat have to make a small detour out into the Mediterranean to bypass the area, which also answers that question for anybody who has flown to Barcelona and wondered why that 180º turn is necessary.’