Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure has approved the general plan for the founding and construction of Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) airport.

The general plan (part of the master plan), one of the key documents necessary for the construction of Poland’s Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK) airport, sets out the development plan for the new hub until the end of 2060.

The approved general plan is required before submitting an application for the ‘Promise of Permission to Found the Airport’ from Poland’s Civil Aviation Authority (ULC). CPK will apply for it within the coming days, it said. The promise will then be one of the attachments to the application for a location decision, which follows the already pending environmental decision and precedes the application for a construction permit.

Before the application for the approval of CPK’s 2022-2060 general plan was submitted to the Minister of Infrastructure, it was examined by the authorities of the 13 municipalities near the planned airport site, reviewed by the president of the Civil Aviation Authority and agreed with the Ministers of National Defence (MON) and Funds and Regional Policy (MFiPR).

“This approval is very good news in the context of the already advanced process of selecting a financial partner who can take a minority stake in the company operating the airport,” said the government's plenipotentiary for CPK, Marcin Horała, Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy.

The approved general plan is in line with Poland's transport policy. It is also consistent with the Strategy for Responsible Development until 2020 (with an outlook to 2030) and the Strategy for Sustainable Transport Development until 2030.

CPK rendering

Thirteen neighbouring municipalities have seen the general plan 

The plan – in phases

The document sets out the next steps in the development of the airport until the end of 2060.

The first phase of the General Plan covers the period starting in 2028 – the year in which the airport is expected to be operational. The plan assumes that the airport will at that time have two parallel runways, infrastructure for approximately 330,000 aircraft operations (take-offs and landings) per year and a terminal capable of serving 40 million passengers per year.

In the first phase, the airport will cover around 2,150 hectares – the company is currently buying the required land. The Voluntary Acquisition Programme has already enrolled 80% of the developed property. The signed purchase contracts cover an area of almost 450 hectares, about 100 hectares are awaiting notarial deeds while a further 1,100 hectares are in advanced negotiations.

Further infrastructure development is spread over a number of phases and stages, and is dependent on forecasts. The second phase covers the period up to 2060, by which time the airport may already have three parallel runways, infrastructure for around 450,000 aircraft operations per year and a terminal suitable for a passenger handling capacity of around 65 million per year. During this period, the size of the airport could be up to 3,900 hectares, CPK said.

The second phase is a part of long-term plans for the development of CPK. The entire area covered by the general plan, in accordance with aviation law, will be included in planning documents at the provincial, county and municipal levels.

Development restrictions apply from the date of approval of the general plan until 2060, and should be taken into account in the land development of the airport surroundings, CPK noted.

Image: Centralny Port Komunikacyjny