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Mega-Airport Planned for Warsaw

Poland could boast one of Europe’s busiest airports, according to the projections government ministers are throwing around.

16 March 2017

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The Polish government yesterday approved a plan for a major new airport that would open by 2027 or 2028 at the latest, said the minister for infrastructure and construction, Andrzej Adamczyk.

 

The Puls Biznesu newspaper said the new airport would be built between Warsaw and the central city of Lodz and would have a capacity of 50 million passengers a year, Radio Poland reports. That is not far below the expected passenger numbers for the entire country in 2030, according to forecasts Adamczyk mentioned.

Currently, just five European airports handle 50 million or more passengers annually. Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, the biggest in Poland, served about 13 million passengers last year.

 

Development and Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki floated even more optimistic projections, citing studies suggesting the airport could serve up to 180 million passengers per year – nearly double the figure for the world’s current busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, AFP reports.

 

Morawiecki, who is also a deputy prime minister, said the airport could offer new connections to Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, as well as the Baltic states and Central Europe.

 

Morawiecki has spearheaded the expansion of state involvement in the economy since the nationalist Law and Justice party came to power 18 months ago, AFP says.

 

 

  • Chopin Airport will run out of spare capacity in 2020 but cannot expand because of its location in Warsaw, Radio Poland says.

 

  • Almost 34 million passengers used Polish airports last year, up 12 percent from 2015.

 

  • Morawiecki said the airport could become an air cargo hub for China's One Belt, One Road initiative.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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