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EUR 16.5 million for the airport! Funding agreement signed

The Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport signed an agreement with the European Commission to provide more than €16.5 million in funding for important infrastructure investments for the airport.

This will support the two projects of the airport near Rzeszów selected in the competition for the transport sector under the Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027 (CEF 2) Both have been recognised under the thematic area “Adaptation of the TEN-T network for dual civil-military use within the framework of military mobility.”

The selected projects are:

  1. Stage 3 of the parallel taxiway and Stage 1 of reconstruction of the runway on a section of 700 meters, including technical infrastructure.
  2. Stage 2 of reconstruction of the runway on a section of 1800 including technical infrastructure.

- Our efforts to support regional airports have borne fruit. I’m really satisfied and thank everyone who has helped us in this. I have spoken many times about the need to support regional airports in Europe. The importance of our airport in Jasionka has been shown in recent months, following Russia's unjustified aggression against Ukraine. It is an important and strategic institution not only for the voivodeship. The planned investments will allow for the further development of our airport, which is why I’m pleased that they will be soon implemented - says Władysław Ortyl, Marshall of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

It is worth mentioning that 22 projects have been selected for funding from the Connecting Europe Facility in Europe, including five from Poland and two from the Jasionka Airport. For both investments, estimated at a total of more than EUR 33 million, the airport near Rzeszów will receive up to 50% of subsidy from the European Commission. Tender procedures will be announced any day now, the first for investor’s supervision.

- Our aim is to develop the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport in the long term. I’m then very glad am that the efforts we have recently made to obtain EU funding have culminated in the signing of an agreement for these two extremely important projects for the airport - emphasises Adam Hamryszczak, CEO of Rzeszów Airport.

The overall aim of the project is to modernise the existing infrastructure at the Rzeszów-Jasionka airport so that it is better able to handle civil and military air traffic.

The construction of a new section of the parallel taxiway will improve the airport’s operational capacity and increase the throughput of the existing runway, making it possible to increase the number of flight operations.

When an aircraft lands, the runway has the highest load. Photo by Robert Neumann/From the Sky

The reconstruction of the existing runway on a section of 700 meters as part of the first project will significantly improve its load-bearing capacity and durability through the application of cement concrete surfaces instead of the existing asphalt surfaces. Such a solution in the aircraft's touchdown area is much more damage-resistance and will ensure the durability of the surface, allowing flight operations for a longer period of time.

The other project concerns the reconstruction of the runway over a section of approx. 1,800m, 45m wide, with two 17.5 m wide shoulders including technical infrastructure. The reconstruction of the runway in this section will be carried out with a new asphalt concrete pavement. Such a solution in the middle part of the runway will maximise the use of the runway.

The implementation of both projects will reduce the frequency of refurbishment work on the runway, thus reducing operating costs and enabling flight operations to take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions. The project will improve the technical parameters and increase the safety of flight operations on the existing runway, which is one of the longest ones in Poland, with a total length of 3,200m and

The first project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, the second a year later. The projects are co-financed from the European Union funds under the Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027 (CEF Military Mobility).

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