Donation to Poland’s airports for operational readiness likely in July

The Council of Ministers’ draft decree that would pump PLN 142 mln (EUR 31.82 mln) of additional funds in to Poland’s airports to ensure their operational readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic, “should be ready soon, probably in July,” the ministry reported.

“The draft… is being reviewed in terms of its mechanisms,” Deputy Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horała said, adding that “the sum of money is secured within the budget and it is certain that the aid will be provided to all of Poland’s airports. This has already been decided.”

The draft currently undergoes the second round of readjustment, which was prompted by “numerous critical opinions with regard to the decree,” Mr Horała said.

“I hope that this round will proceed quicker as a large part of the opinions have been reckoned with and that the decree is going to be ready soon,” said the official and, when pressed on the precise date of the decree’s enactment, added that it will come into force in July.

“I think it’s likely,” Mr Horała said.

The draft of the decree on public airports that must have their minimal operational readiness ensured was composed on May 21. In line with the draft, 14 airports are to receive the PLN 142 mln (EUR 31.82 mln) donation as part of the governmental “anti-crisis shield” stimulus package.

The 14 airports are: Łódź Airport, Warsaw Chopin Airport, Poznań – Ławica Airport, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, Rzeszów – Jasionka Airport, Szczecin – Goleniów Airport, Katowice – Pyrzowice Airport, Bydgoszcz Airport, Kraków – Balice Airport, Wrocław – Strachowice Airport, Zielona Góra – Babimost Airport, Olsztyn-Mazury Airport, Warsaw-Modlin Airport and Lublin Airport.

The process of transferring the funds to pertinent airports is to commence once the decree enters into force, Mr Horała said. The donation is to be received by companies managing Polish airports and requires the facilities to maintain operational readiness during the state of threat from the coronavirus and the state of epidemic.

According to the deputy infrastructure minister, Polish airports dealt well with the organisation of air traffic in line with the new regulations that were implemented following the unfreezing of aeroplane connections on June 1. Since then passengers are required to wear face masks, maintain social distance and have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature of 38 degree Celsius or above is not allowed to board a plane.