IATA welcomes Central Transportation Port

Alexandre de Juniac stressed that the Polish hub will include the first greenfield airport project in Europe in the last ten years. /PAP/EPA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday praised Poland's decision to build a Central Transportation Port as a central hub for air, rail and road travel.

IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said at the Global Airport and Passenger Symposium in Warsaw that the Polish government's decision to build the port "spelt excellent news for the aviation industry and for passengers." Juniac stressed that the Polish hub will include the first greenfield airport project in Europe in the last ten years, and said the aviation industry awaited the port's successful completion.

Juniac said national government should support aviation as it was an important economic driving force, and especially underlined the need for transparent legislation. He also appealed for more passenger-friendly technology at airports, among others to enable smoother flight transfers and shorter baggage reclaim times.

Rafał Milczarski, head of Poland's national airline PLL LOT, said the Central Transportation Port will be a major undertaking with a big influence on the entire Central-East European region.

IATA is among the consulting agencies on the Central Transportation Port project. The association affiliates 290 airlines, including LOT, which account for over 82 percent of global air traffic.