The CPK company started acquiring specialised data for the Master Plan. This is a further stage of matching the CPK Airport concept with the needs of carriers. The third meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and CPK has ended.
The meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee (ACC) concerning the CPK, held by the IATA, was attended by representatives of, among others, Polish Aviation Group (including represantiatives of LOT Polish Airlines), American Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Enter Air, Qatar Airways, SAS, Smartwings, SprintAir, Wizz Air, Ryanair and aviation groups: IAG (composed of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Level and Vueling) as well as Lufthansa Group (to which Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings belong). The meeting was attended by representatives of Star Alliance, logistics groups, among others, DHL and FedEx, as well as representatives of the Board of Airline Representatives in Poland (BARP).
The CPK Airport will in the future address the restored demand for air travel, taking into account the latest developments, including sustainable development and digitisation. We welcome the fact that the third ACC meeting attracted such a great interest from airlines. This will certainly help to develop the CPK Master Plan, including the project definition documentation, that meets the expectations of the carriers
During the meeting, the CPK company representatives presented to the carriers the current status of the progressof preparations for the CPK construction together with the planned programmes and scope of works. At the same time, they started a further stage of acquiring specialised data and forecasts concerning, e.g., passenger andcargo services, fleet and personnel for the needs of the CPK Master Plan. The objective is to match future infrastructure with the actual needs of airlines and start the first construction works in 2023.
COVID-19 is a major challenge for the entire aviation industry. For CPK, it means double effort work. On the one hand, we must ensure that preparations for launching the CPK Airport do not slow down. On the other hand, we need to adapt to the dynamically changing expectations of travellers. Therefore, we agree our plans with the leading airlines and other representatives of the aviation sector on an ongoing basis.
Artur Mazurek, the Director of the Strategy and Planning Office in the CPK Airport Component, presented to the carriers the progress of completed and pending procedures for appointment of specialised technical consultants. He reminded that in November of the previous year, CPK signed an agreement with Arup, which was appointed the Environmental Survey Consultant. In November, CPK selected the Seoul Incheon airport as a strategic advisor, with which the agreement is ready to be signed.
Selection of the contractor of the CPK Master Plan, Site Survey Consultant and the so-called integrator is at the stage of advanced procedures. The services to be ordered will concern the airport planning and design stage. Depending on the procedure, contracts will be concluded for the period from 15 to 40 months.
The participants of the meeting pointed out that the market downturn, which the aviation industry must combat now due to COVID-19, is of a temporary nature. The IATA expects that the “vaccine effect” can be noticed in the air traffic recovery already in the second half of this year. According to the latest IATA forecasts, the passenger transport figures from before COVID-19 should return around 2024.
The ACC is a platform for dialogue and information exchange between CPK and the airlines that plan to use a new airport in the future. The aim of the ACC is to verify the conceptual assumptions of the investment, to agree them with the needs of the carriers and to recommend possible adjustments. The ACC for the CPK was appointed by the IATA in May 2019. The first meeting took place in Warsaw in July, and the second meeting was held in the capital of Poland in October 2019. Due to COVID-19, the third ACC meeting was held yesterday in the form of a teleconference.
The ACC is a consultative forum present at many airports worldwide. Similar consultative committees are currently working at the IATA on the planned expansion of, e.g., Heathrow Airport in London and De Gaulle Airport in Paris and the airports in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.