Next week, authorities of Katowice International Airport are going to issue a tender for conducting a contruction work on a new 3,2 kilometers long runway. The undertaking worth approximately PLN 200 million will be finished in the second half of 2014.
The Upper Silesian Aviation Group (GTL), which manages the airport, hopes the works would start this year. The investment is very important according to the GTL representatives. “It will help us to develop cargo services and to be a partner for airlines which need a proper infrastructure for its massive airliners. The 3,2 km long runway will allow any type of flying machines for take-offs in any directions. Overseas flights will not require refueling stops” – said Artur Tomasik, GTL’s chairman.
The new 3 200 meters long (and 45 meters wide) runway may be extended by another 400 meters in the future. The existing runway will be transformed into a taxiway after the completion of works.
The investment is part of the project “Airport in Katowice – development and modernization of port and airport infrastructure”, which will be implemented by 2016. Worth PLN 405 million, it is co-financed by the EU funds (PLN 157 m). Also, the project includes works on a new 110 000 sq. meters apron to accommodate thirteen aircrafts at one time and the modernization of a section of taxiways.