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POLAND: Future of Warsaw airport
The Central Communications Port (CCP; a new, proposed mega airport) recently became the main subject of the campaign ahead of the local elections in Warsaw. Candidates Rafał Trzaskowski (PO) and Jacek Wojciechowicz (independent) argued that closing the Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) would be troublesome for Varsovians and would jeopardize the development of the city. Patryk Jaki, the PiS candidate later concurred suggesting that the CCP and WAW would functions alongside – WAW possibly operating local and regional flights.
This novel approach was later unexpectedly confirmed by Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, who suggested that the future of WAW would depend on the market situation. Previously, the government was adamant that this would not be the case, and that the space would be re-purposed for residential and office estates. Currently, the Government’s Plenipotentiary for the CCP determined this discussion part of the ongoing campaign and ordered expert analysis on this matter. Independent transport experts criticize this approach – building the CCP would be unnecessary if WAW continues to operate. They go as far as naming the CCP a political bid for public support and are convinced that the Port will never be constructed. The government and PiS politicians will have to agree on a uniform position on this matter. In order to rally support in Warsaw Patryk Jaki will need the Chopin airport to remain open. At the same time, the central government has to justify the expenditure of PLN 30-40 billion for the grand project.