Seoul airport selected strategic advisor to Polish transport hub

Incheon International Airport, South Korea's main airport, has been selected as the strategic advisor to Poland's Solidarity Transport Hub (CPK), the government's CPK commissioner announced on Tuesday.

In October, two airports: Incheon and Tokyo’s Narita, out of a total of eight, were admitted to the final stage of the selection procedure.

Deputy Minister Marcin Horała described the selection of a strategic advisor for the project as an important milestone on the road to building a new transport system for Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.

"Incheon is an airport of international renown and, at the same time, a recognised partner on the global aviation market," Mr Horała said.

The commissioner added that cooperation with the airport would give the CPK access to "unique knowledge and specialist know-how which will be important for us during the realisation of the CPK mega-project."

He went on, saying that the CPK company planned to sign a three-year deal with the Seoul hub in December.

Earlier in November, the CPK announced that three foreign consortia had submitted bids for the hub’s master plan contractor. The elements of the master plan are, among others, the detailed location of the airport and the concept of variants of its construction, which are to be prepared in parallel with environmental and field studies.

The winning tender is to be announced by the end of 2020.

The CPK is planned to be Poland's biggest infrastructure investment, a transit hub integrating air, rail and road traffic. It is planned to be built 45 kilometres from central Warsaw on an area of 3,000 square hectares. In its first phase, it is to service 45 million passengers a year, and the capacity will eventually rise to 100 million.

According to the Polish government, the first connections from the CPK can be expected in 2027, and the airport would be opened by the end of that year.