UK signs ‘Solidarity Airport’ deal with Poland

Representatives of the UK and Poland have signed a co-operation agreement to develop the Solidarity Transport Hub, often referred to as the central port of communication (Centralny Port Komunikacyjny – CPK), a Polish government project that will deliver a new airport to replace the country’s main international gateway, Warsaw Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW). The new facility is about 25miles (40km) southwest of Warsaw and will initially have two runways, with two more planned, and ultimately the capacity to handle 100 million passengers a year. It is scheduled to open in 2027.

The co-operation agreement was signed by Marcin Hora¡a, the Polish deputy infrastructure minister and government commissioner for CPK, and the British ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott, on behalf of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade, Graham Stuart. The agreement envisages that a Polish-British consultation team will collaborate on designing airport and rail infrastructure, spatial planning for areas around the airport and issues relating to sustainable development and project digitisation.

Co-operation with the UK will help build modern, comfortable and epidemiologically safe airport
Marcin Hora¡a, Polish deputy infrastructure minister

Graham Stuart said: “Poland is an ever more important trade partner for the UK and I’m delighted that, after more than two years work by my department, British firms’ experience and expertise can be at the heart of delivering this major boost to Poland’s trade and prosperity.”

Miko¡aj Wild, CEO of the Solidarity Transport Hub, said: “Representatives of the British aviation sector have worked with us shoulder-to-shoulder since a very early stage of the CPK project. I deeply hope that this co-operation will continue. We value the experience of British companies gained in the course of realisation of large infrastructure projects.”

Marcin Hora¡a added: “Large infrastructure projects such as the Solidarity Transport Hub respond to the transport needs of citizens and countries, but also provide an opportunity to exchange specialist knowledge and experience. I’m confident that co-operation with the UK will help build a modern, comfortable and epidemiologically safe airport.”