Tokyo airport may be strategic advisor for Central Transportation Port

Horała stated that the first connections from the CPK can be expected in 2027 and that the airport would be opened by the end of that year. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horała said on Wednesday that the ministry is conducting advanced talks with Tokyo's Narita airport and that there is a good chance Narita will become a strategic advisor for Poland's Central Transportation Port (CPK).

Speaking on public television, the deputy minister said the ministry was currently seeking a strategic advisor among leading world airports that would help prepare a master plan for the CPK's airport element. "One of two or three leaders is Narita airport in Tokyo so there is a good chance that it will be the strategic advisor," Horała said.

Horała went on to say the Japanese have huge experience in high-speed railways. "The Shinkansen is recognised as probably the best in the world, the best functioning high-speed railway," he said, adding that the Polish high-speed railway system that will emerge as part of the CPK project cannot be separated from the rest of the rail system. "A certain incompatibility occurs but we will work on it to solve it," he explained. He also pointed out that France's SNCF railway, of which TGV trains are a part, will advise Poland in matters concerning the technical standards of high-speed rail.

Horała also stated that the first connections from the CPK can be expected in 2027 and that 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 37 kilometres from Warsaw on an area of 3,000 square hectares. In its first phase it will service 45 million passengers a year, rising eventually to 100 million.