Friday, April 10, 2009

Plans for new terminal in the Katowice Airport abolished

The expansion of the Katowice Airport, which is worth zł.500 million, does not include the new terminal, which was supposed to be ready before Euro 2012 soccer championship. Currently the Katowice Airport has two passenger terminals.

According to Katowice edition of Gazeta Wyborcza, the third terminal was originally planned for 2013, but the airport authorities have seriously considered delivering it before the soccer event. Recently, however, Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze (GTL), which manages the airport, decided that it would postpone the construction of the new terminal, because of a lower growth in passenger traffic. GTL announced that as for now, the construction of the new terminal is planned to start in 2015.

The remainder of the expansion plans was unchanged. GTL wants to construct the additional tarmac for parking planes. Currently 15 Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 are able to park in Katowice. After additional parking space will be completed in two years, the number will rise to 31.

By the end of the year a contract for the project of second runway should be signed. GTL hopes to deliver it by the end of 2014. At that time the old runway will be closed for renovation and later changed into a taxi-way.

Half of the zł.500 million needed for the plan will come from the GTL and from the shareholders of the airport, who include Silesia Voivodship, “Polish Airports” State Enterprise and Węglokoks. The rest will be funded by the EU.

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