Planned airport hub to boost economic development, says Govt.
The Central Transportation Port (CPK), a major airport hub to be located in central Poland, will be a huge development impulse for the Polish economy, President Andrzej Duda told a Wednesday press conference, held jointly with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Duda said: "We want Poland to be a developed country so that it relates to its size, location and to how great a nation we are.
"Hence the idea of building the CPK (...) which will not only be a transfer hub for Europe, but also be a huge development impulse for the Polish economy, which will fit into the great plan of the Three Seas (a project that focuses on cross-border infrastructural cooperation of countries located between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas - PAP) because it will be the largest transportation port in our region that will virtually link all regions of Poland.”
The project needs to be implemented as it offers huge development prospects for the coming decades and is expected to provide an estimated 150,000 jobs. The president gave examples of similar projects such as Frankfurt airport, which "revived that part of Germany and the entire German economy."
Morawiecki echoed Duda by saying that state-run investment projects stimulate the economy and create current and future jobs.
"CPK is a programme for citizens," he said, adding that the state-of-the-art infrastructure investments are a proven response to the economic crisis.
Deputy Infrastructure Minister and Gov't Commissioner for CPK Marcin Horała, also present at the press conference, told reporters that the whole CPK project should be completed by the year 2027.
"This is a world-record-breaking pace. This is our goal and we are striving for it," he said.
Horała also said that CPK is now an international project, pointing to an agreement signed with French railways for joint work on high-speed rail standards and a cooperation deal with Great Britain. He added that advanced talks were being conducted with US partners.
"Soon we will choose a strategic advisor for the airport," he said disclosing that two airports have applied for the job: Incheon in Seoul and Narita in Tokyo.
According to the Polish government, the first connections from the CPK can be expected in 2027, and the airport would be opened by the end of that year.
The CPK is planned to be Poland's biggest infrastructure investment, a transit hub integrating air, rail and road traffic.
It is planned to be built 45 kilometres from central Warsaw on an area of 3,000 square hectares.
In its first phase, it is to service 45 million passengers a year, rising eventually to 100 million.