Cornerstone laying for new runway

On Monday, the Upper Silesian Aviation Group (“Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze”, GTL) laid a cornerstone of a new runway to be built at the Katowice International Airport.

The new runway will be the most modern amongst all Polish airports. It will be 45 meters wide and 3 200 meters long – 400 meters longer than the existing one, which will be transformed into a taxiway. The new runway may be extended by another 400 meters in the future. A total area of the runway and the main taxiways will cover 208 500 sq. meters.

“The concrete runway will serve our needs for another 25 years. This new transport infrastructure will also help to develop the logistics and local business environment. Thanks to the investment, Katowice will be the only airport in the area offering safety take offs and landing around the clock including all kinds of weather conditions” – said Artur Tomasik, president of the GTL’s management board.

The new runway will be built by Budimex. The contract is worth PLN 150 million, the construction work will be concluded by the end of September 2014. It is expected to deliver the runway in spring 2015 after the certification process.