The construction of Radom Airport lasted for two years, and the first aircraft are scheduled to be launched in 2022. The investment of the state enterprise “Polish Airports” is controversial. Recently, the president of Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost airline, spoke about it in harsh words. Poland’s largest charter airline also announces that it does not want to fly from Radom after its opening.
- The reconstruction of Radom Airport is an investment of the state company “Polish Airports”. It is scheduled to enter service in 2022.
- Thanks to the reconstruction, both the runway and the entire infrastructure will be adapted to the needs of charter airlines and low-cost airlines
- Both Ryanair and Enter Air, one of the main candidates for users of Warsaw-Radom Airport, are critical of the idea of rebuilding it
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It can be said that Radom Airport is being built from scratch, although Radom-Sadków Regional Airport actually operates there. However, the local government airport was not a commercial success and the last cruise aircraft landed in Radom in the fall of 2017. In 2018, a bankruptcy petition was filed and PP “Porty Lotnicze” took over Radom Airport. After reopening, it will operate as the Warsaw-Radom Champion Airport in June 1976.
Radom Airport. What happens on the construction site?
The first bulldozer was paid for the reconstruction of the airport in May 2019. We ordered PP “Porty Lotnicze” New photos from the construction site. They show the progress of the works in early August and September of this year:
The runway of Radom Airport has been upgraded and expanded. The 2,500-meter runway will allow aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (E symbol) to take off and land.
Warsaw-Radom Airport is to be equipped to handle 3 million passengers annually. Subsequent expansion is to enable serving up to 9 million passengers every year.
PPL announces that thanks to investments in the region, such as reconstruction and modernization of railways and roads, travel time to Radom from cities such as Warsaw, ód, Kielce and Lublin will be shortened. This is a distance of more than 100 km.
In 2019, the then Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and CPK representative of the CPK, Mikołaj Wild, announced that the travel time by train to Radom Airport from Warsaw would be 75 minutes and by car – about an hour.
For more than 38 million PLN, PPL has signed a contract for the design and construction of the airport’s fire and rescue department buildings and the tower of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency. This is 4 million PLN less than the supposed “Polish airports” when the bid was announced.
The new terminal of Warsaw-Radom Airport is planned to have 30 check-in desks, 16 passport check-in desks, 10 exit gates and three baggage collection roundabouts.
Initially, it was assumed that the first planes will be able to take off from the Warsaw-Radom airport at the end of 2020. The total investment cost is estimated at 1 billion PLN.
Warsaw-Radom Airport. Sand Castle or a recipe for success?
Why should you work this time? PPL . assumption Reconstructed Radom Airport will serve as a port for low-cost and charter airlines. Thus, the Warsaw Chopin Airport, which for several years has been implementing its business strategy as a hub, that is, a transport airport and the main base of the Polish airline LOT, is diluted. Both the PPL and government representatives believe in the success of Warsaw-Radom Airport. Potential users have a different opinion.
We will never fly from Radom. Building an airport in the middle of nothing it is Michael O’Leary, the president of Ryanair, said in an interview with Fly4free.pl last week that one of the most stupid ideas in the history of Poland, which is similar to the actions of the communists in the 1950s. He added:
Instead of investing in Modlin, the Polish government is wasting taxpayer billions on building a palace from which no one will fly. Will Lott move to Radom? No. And Ryanair has no such intention either.
For years, O’Leary was highly critical of the concept of building Poland’s central communications port and rebuilding Radom Airport.
Andrzej Kobielski, Enter Air’s board member, also spoke critically about the PPL investment. It is the largest charter airline in the country.
– I don’t deny Radom, maybe one day this idea will actually work. But we do have observations from earlier years, which show that it was not possible to build air traffic there, to maintain a permanent network of communications. Furthermore, in July and August 2019, we polled passengers on our flights from Warsaw, asking if they would like to fly from Radom. Only a small percentage of about 10,000. Respondents answered in the affirmative. – He said in an interview with Business Insider Polska.
Although there is a possibility of administrative division of air traffic between the airports in Mazovia, according to Kobylsky it will be difficult to implement.
Today, airlines choose airports with passenger flows. The mere fact of building a new airport, with a good terminal and friendly service, is not enough – we have many examples of such airports, for example in Spain. Yes, InterAir will fly from Chopin Airport. And I am convinced that the capital’s airport will be chosen more willingly than Radom – for many passengers, time is also money.
– A member of the Board of Directors of Enter Air has been added.
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