Seoul's Incheon airport to be strategic advisor to Polish transport hub

Incheon International Airport, South Korea's main airport, has been selected as the strategic advisor to Poland's Central Communication Port (CPK), the government's CPK commissioner announced on Tuesday.

The CPK is a planned transit hub between Warsaw and the central city of Lodz integrating air, rail and road transport on a 3,000-hectares site, 37 km west of Warsaw. In its first phase it will have an annual capacity of 45 million passengers.

Deputy Minister Marcin Horala described the selection of a strategic advisor for the project as an important milestone on the road to building a new transport system for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.

"Incheon is an airport of international renown and, at the same time, a recognised partner on the global aviation market," Horala said.

The commissioner added that cooperation with the airport would give the CPK access to "unique knowledge and specialist know-how which will be important for us during the realisation of the CPK mega-project."

He said the CPK company plans to sign a three-year deal with the Seoul hub in December.

The company said a strategic advisor would provide operational and commercial knowledge on the effective management of a large transit airport.

Bids were entered for the role of CPK’s strategic advisor by two airports: Seoul's Incheon and Tokyo's Narita.