Katowice Airport will be extended by 2016

An extension of the apron, modernization of taxiways and construction of a new runway – these are the most important tasks to be fulfilled at the Katowice International Airport by the end of 2016. A cost of the works will total PLN 405 million.

The investment process was staged as the Airport will operate during the construction work. The extension of the apron was commenced in May 2011, about 15% of planned works have already been concluded. The apron will cover 110 000 sq. meters – to be four times larger than the existing one – and will be adapted to accommodate 13 aircrafts simultaneously (for example: ten Code C aircrafts, e.g. Airbus A320, Boeing 737, and three Code D, e.g. Boeing 757). It is going to be equipped with a modern sewage system up to restrictive standards of the environmental protection.

A design documentation of the new 3 200 meters long and 45 meters wide runway is being currently finished. The Upper Silesian Aviation Group (GTL), which manages the Airport, is to issue a tender for construction work of the runway in 2012. The works will be finished by the end of 2014. The runway can be extended by another 400 meters in the future.

The modernization of the taxiways will add almost 40 000 sq. meters of usable space to the Airport’s infrastructure. Both the apron and the taxiways extension will allow for the implementation of the CAT II instrument landing system in the future. The system provides precision guidance to an aircraft approaching and landing on a runway. The project is being realized by the Polish division of the German company Max Bögl.

Moreover, GTL has started a modernization of the “A” terminal – it includes a new elevation, interior lifting and extension of the usable area by approximately one thousand sq. meters to cover 8 600 sq. m. The works were commenced by Skanska S.A. in October and will be finished in May 2012.

Meanwhile, a consortium of Polimex-Mostostal SA (Warsaw) and Coifer Impex SRL (Bucharest) are building a new maintenance hangar for PLN 26 million (a smaller maintenance hangar was delivered in April this year and cost PLN 6 million). The almost 8 000 sq. meters facility will be adapted to service two Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 aircrafts simultaneously. The hangar will be delivered at the beginning of 2012.

In December, for the first time in its history, number of passengers handled by Katowice Airport in one year exceeded 2,5 million. The Airport is a leader in terms of charter traffic to handle approximately 820 000 passengers this year.