UK signs Solidarity Airport deal with Poland

The deal was signed on May 20, 2020. (UK Gov)

Representatives of the UK and Poland have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the Solidarity Transport Hub, often referred to as the central port of communication (Centralny Port Komunikacyjny – CPK).

The CPK is a Polish government project that will deliver a built-from-scratch airport that will ultimately replace the country’s main international gateway, Warsaw Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW). The new facility is about 25miles (40km) southwest of Warsaw; will initially have two but ultimately four runways and have the capacity to handle 100 million passengers per year. It is scheduled to open in 2027.

The cooperation agreement was signed by Polish deputy infrastructure minister and government commissioner for CPK Marcin Horała 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 readiness for cooperation – involving a Polish-British consultation team – on designing airport and rail infrastructure, spatial planning for areas around the airport and issues relating to sustainable development and project digitisation.

Minister Graham Stuart commented: “I’ve previously met with Polish ministers to champion UK expertise in delivering their ambitious plans to transform Polish connectivity, so I’m particularly proud to announce the deal we’ve struck with Poland’s Infrastructure Ministry.

“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.

“The UK is home to some of the best project management, engineering, architecture and finance experts in the world. It is the role of our dedicated trade department, DIT, through trade support and export finance, to make sure their brilliance is showcased on the world stage.”

CEO of the Solidarity Transport Hub, Mikołaj Wild, 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 cooperation will continue. We value the experience of British companies, gained in the course of realisation of large infrastructure projects not only in their own country but also in other parts of the world.”

The Polish Government Commissioner for the Solidarity Transport Hub, Marcin Horała, 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 cooperation with the UK will help build a modern, comfortable, and epidemiologically safe airport.