The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with key stakeholders in Poland to establish an Airport Consultative Committee to facilitate consultation with global airline community on the development of the Solidarity Transport Hub Poland, a new airport planned in central Europe. The first meeting will take place in Warsaw on July 18.
The Committee created by IATA in cooperation with Solidarity Transport Hub Poland (STH) management, will serve as an important forum to exchange ideas and better inform decision-making. The Airport Consultative Committee (ACC) will essentially serve as an airline technical body to review strategic options, assess the cost and benefits, and consider the operational impacts on airlines and their passengers.
“Our operation is carefully thought out. It is impossible to plan the airport well, without asking for the opinion of those who will use it. We are consistently building a knowledge base that will help us prepare the master plan of the Solidarity Airport,” said Mikołaj Wild, Government Plenipotentiary for Solidarity Transport Hub Poland.
The inaugural ACC meeting, scheduled to take place in Warsaw on July 18, will be the first of many that will be held throughout the STH development process. The initial activities will include verifying that the conceptual assumptions of the STH are aligned with the needs of carriers and whether any possible improvements need to be made. The overall goal is to ensure that infrastructure solutions are consistent with the expectations and needs of carriers: technical, operational and financial.
“We highly value the knowledge and experience of IATA experts, which is why we want to conduct the widest possible consultations with the airline industry. The result is to be a new airport between Warsaw and Lodz, which takes into account the needs of all its customers: carriers, companies operating in the airport and providing services to it, and above all passengers” said Dariusz Sawicki, STH board member for the airport investment part.
IATA brings experience gained on global airport projects to Poland and has incorporated the lessons learned into the ACC’s terms of reference which describe its objectives, activities, membership and structure. The ACC will have two co-chairs with one chosen from the airline community and the other drawn from STH.
“On behalf of IATA, we are very pleased to be working closely on this key project for transport in Europe. With European demand for travel set to grow by around 50% by 2037, it is vital that the right infrastructure be built now to be ready for this increased. Air passengers are counting on us and IATA is proud to be part of the solution” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.