EUR 27 million EU regional funds for Katowice Airport

The European Commission has approved an investment of EUR 27 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade the Katowice International Airport.

The Katowice International Airport located approximately 30 km north of Katowice in Pyrzowice is part of the TEN-T network. The project involves the construction of a new runway, the upgrade of the existing apron and the reconstruction of three existing taxiways.

After the project’s completion, the airport will be able to accommodate most types of aircraft. Passenger and cargo traffic will therefore increase. By 2020 the number of passenger per year should reach 4 million.

Commenting on the decision, Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn said – “The modernization of the airport of Katowice will have a positive impact on the economic development of the region of Silesia. By enabling more passenger and cargo traffic, this investment will improve the quality of life for many Polish citizens. It will also make the region even more attractive for tourism and businesses.”

The investment comes through a programme called “Infrastructure and Environment” and is financed via the priority axis “TEN-T road and air transport network”. The European Union, through the Cohesion Fund, will finance EUR 27 023 263 of the total EUR 67 349 864. The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.