In the beginning of November, Irish cargo airline Air Contractors will launch regular shipment connections from the Katowice-Pyrzowice International Airport to Paris and Frankfurt on the commission of international courier and logistics company Federal Express (FedEx). It is going to be the sixth cargo route operated by the Airport.
Night cargo flights on the route Katowice-Paris-Frankfurt-Katowice will take place four times a week – from Monday to Thursday. The connections will be serviced by a plane capable of carrying 8,5 tonnes of cargo per time.
One of the strategic goals of the Airport’s manager, the Upper Silesian Aviation Group (USAG), is to establish Poland’s main cargo port and one of Central Europe’s largest shipment ports at the Katowice International Airport. 8 179 tonnes of cargo flew in and out of Katowice since the beginning of this year. It is a 25% growth year on year. Only in September the amount of shipped cargo increased by 72% in comparison to the year ago. Regular cargo flights to Katowice-Pyrzowice are serviced by Cargojet (for LOT, to Hamilton near Toronto), Atlantic Airlines (for DHL Express, to Leipzig), Farnair (for UPS, to Koln/Bonn), TNT (to Liege) and SprintAir (for Polish Post, to Warsaw).
With relation to the USAG’s plans, the biggest extension in Airport’s history was started on 11th of October this year and is connected with preparatory works on the “Redevelopment of the existing hangar and the construction of an apron to accommodate 10 parking positions”. Skanska SA was chosen as the prime contractor. The modernization will include: replacement of the roof, glass side-windows and flooring, the construction of a new electric main gate, thermal efficiency improvement of the building and conservation work on the structure of the building. It is planned to complete the works by the first half of February, 2011.
A total cost of the investments planned at the Airport by the end of 2015 is estimated at PLN 550 million.
based on Polish Market Online