New infrastructure to improve air traffic safety and services in Poland

A nationwide project aims to upgrade Poland's airports and airspace surveillance systems. Through the development of the national air navigation services, the project will bring better safety and reduced delays.

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Poland's air traffic management system is being modernised in a drive to improve safety, increase the capacity of the country's airspace, and reduce the environmental impact of flights.

The project focuses on improving air traffic control's communication, navigation, surveillance and data processing capabilities across the country, so that passengers can benefit from a better quality service from the Polish air navigation services provider.

Extensive upgrade

The work includes: the construction or modernisation of the radio communication facilities used for contact between aircraft and ground control; radio surveillance; radar; distance measuring equipment; control towers; and the software used to process data and imaging.

On top of this, eight airports are being modernised and five extra runways are having instrument landing systems installed. These systems help aeroplanes navigate as they approach for landing. Moreover, a further step to improve safety is the introduction of two additional levels of safety barrier: STCA (Short-Term Conflict Alert) and MTCD (Medium-Term Conflict Detection).

The capacity of Poland's airspace is also being increased through the creation of four new “sectors” - virtual divisions of the airspace. Once again, this can help to cut delays and diversions, which not only increases capacity, but also helps to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.

Covering the whole of Polish airspace, the new infrastructure is being installed across the country, most notably in Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Szczecin, Warsaw, Wrocław and Zielona Góra.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “The development of infrastructure of the Polish Air Navigation Service Provider” is EUR&nbps;141 307 601, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributed EUR&nbps;72 116 943 through the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme for the programming period 2007-2013, under the priority axis “TEN-T road and air transport network”.

Draft date

23/12/2014