FARMERS have been ordered to stop planting trees… because they might interfere with Malaga’s new runway.
In the most bizarre ruling, farmers in 16 towns, have been told they must make a special application to plant orchards.
The plans must now be submitted to Spain’s Air Security Agency (Aesa) which is expected to take at least six months longer.
It comes after the expansion of Malaga’s airspace, with a new runway due to open in January.
From the beginning of the year the flyover zone will cover large sections of Torremolinos, Alhaurin de la Torre, Cartama, Almogia, Pizarra, Alora, Casarabonela, Carratraca, Ardales, Antequera and Campillos.
And a licence is required in these areas for anything above ground level or built on top of existing structures.
This includes trees, fences and antennas on the roof of a house that ‘may affect the safety of aircraft taking off or landing’.
The only construction that does not require a licence is work underground or the demolition of an existing building.