Polish PM vows to maintain large air hub project amid crisis

The prime minister took part in a Q&A session on Facebook on Tuesday evening. Mateusz Marek/PAP

The government will continue its involvement in the Central Transportation Port (CPK), a major airport hub to be located in central Poland, as such investments will help the country emerge from the crisis, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday.

The prime minister took part in a Q&A session on Facebook on Tuesday evening.

"For me, it is a very important part of the plan of how to pull out of the crisis," the PM said.

During crises, private investment is subdued, therefore public investment should take over, he argued.

"That is what happened during previous crises and this is what we're going to do today as well. That's why we'll be trying to maintain the Central Transportation Port project and many other investments as well as initiating new ones," Morawiecki said.

The prime minister also said he was in talks with top EU officials over the EU's post-crisis investment plans.

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.