Expansion of Warsaw's second airport would cost EUR 249 mln – report

The potential expansion of Warsaw's secondary Modlin Airport to the capacity of 8-10 million passengers annually would cost PLN 1.045 bln (EUR 249 mln) and take 45 months, according to an analysis by engineering consultancy firm Arup.

The report was commissioned by the Polish Airports State Enterprise (PPL), which administers Chopin Airport, Warsaw's primary airport.

Following the analysis, PLL has decided to focus on Radom Airport, located some 110 km south of Warsaw, as the complementary airport. Modlin is situated 35 km north-west of Warsaw's city centre.

"An investment in Modlin is much more difficult, more expensive and lengthier than an investment in Radom," PLL CEO Mariusz Szpikowski told a press conference.

Modlin's annual capacity is now 3 to 3.5 million passengers. The facility is used mainly by Irish low-cost airline Ryanair. Modlin handled 2.93 mln passengers in 2017, according to the airport's website. The expansion would also involve extending the current runway to 2,800 metres from the current 2,500 metres. The total investment would require PLN 1.045 bln (EUR 249 mln).

In the second expansion stage, Modlin could be upgraded to handle 13 to 15 million passengers annually. This would require an additional PLN 202 mln (EUR 48 mln), Arup said.

In the case of Radom Airport, the first expansion stage would take 20 months and would involve the construction of a 2,500 metre runway, which would increase the airport's capacity to 3 million passengers annually at a cost of PLN 425 mln (EUR 101 mln).

In the second stage, the capacity would be increased to 7-9 million passengers annually and the runway would be extended to 2,800 metres. This would cost an additional PLN 467 mln (EUR 111 mln), according to Arup.