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2011-04-26Apron construction contract

Having completed the modernisation of the existing maintenance hangar and initiated the construction of a new hangar, the Upper Silesian Aviation Group has embarked on the realisation of the next stage of the most significant investment programme in the history of Katowice Airport in Pyrzowice. An agreement was signed on 21 April for the realisation of the largest - in terms of both costs and scale - undertaking in Katowice Airport's history. Work on the extension of apron PPS-1 to the east together with taxiways E1, E2 and D, will begin in May. At a cost of 81 mln PLN (gross) and over 113 weeks, Katowice Airport will gain 149 000m2 of new airport surface. The project is being realised by the Polish division of the German company Max Bögl.

In the eastern section of existing apron PPS-1, a new apron area of 110 000m2 will be constructed. It will be 4 times larger than the existing apron and able to cater for fifteen Code C aircraft (Airbus A320, Boeing 737), and three Code D (Boeing 757) or 7 Code C and 5 Code D aircraft simultaneously. In the western section of the future apron, also called PPS-1, there will be space for three aircraft the size of a Boeing 757 and four for Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 aircraft. To the east of the existing maintenance hangar and the hangar currently under construction, the plan shows six positions for aircraft the size of an Airbus A320/Boeing 737 or 3 Airbus A320/Boeing 737 and two larger aircraft the likes of Boeing 757. The surface will be equipped with infrastructure allowing for the introduction of CAT II aircraft operations (able to accept aircraft at a visibility of no less than 350 and minimum cloud cover of 30m) in the future.

In addition, the contract also includes the extension and development of taxiways E1 and E2, which will allow these taxiways to be used for Code 4E aircraft (ie Boeing 747). This part of the investment project will add a further 30 000m2 of usable airport surface area. Taxiway D will also be adapted to be able to accommodate Code 4E aircraft and will add a further 9 200m2 to the airport's surface. As with Apron 1, the taxiway extension will also allow for the introduction of CAT II aircraft operations in the future. The entire project is being realised as part of the key projects of the European Union Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2007-2013 points 6.3-4. The required paperwork for EU financing will be lodged to the Centre of European Union Transport Projects in the upcoming weeks.


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