In pursuance of the Prague – Kladno train track modernisation including a direct connection to Václav Havel Airport Prague, the Railway Infrastructure Administration closely cooperates and coordinates its plans with Prague Airport.
In December, the companies signed two important documents in this regard.
Namely, a Letter of Intent and an Agreement on Association of Sector Contracting Authorities were concluded which will enable the joint preparation and coordination of individual rail connection construction projects on Prague Airport premises, respecting the specifics of the airport infrastructure.
The agreements solve the coordination of the construction project called Looping the Airport Railway Connection to the Prague – Václav Havel Airport Prague – Kladno Line, pursued by the Railway Infrastructure Administration, with the project of expanding Terminal 2 and relevant taxiways (APRON D2), worked on by Prague Airport.
The coordinated processes of the Railway Infrastructure Administration and Prague Airport mainly comprise the coordination of the planned tunnel ring track under Terminal 2 and the adjacent taxiways.
“The conclusion of the agreements will enable technical and time sequencing during the preparation and subsequent implementation of construction. In addition, the procedure will ensure cost savings for both parties,” Jiří Svoboda, CEO of the Railway Infrastructure Administration, said.
“Apart from Dublin, Prague is currently the only capital city in Europe without a rail connection to its airport. The launch of a train connection is a must for the further development of the airport. Both steps are vital for ensuring increased passenger comfort and developing additional air connections. Without a train link and further development, Prague Airport cannot become a modern 21st century airport,” said Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors.
The investment will be utilized across Prague Airport, funding essential long-term developments including the extension of Terminal 2. A range of short-term, near-future and mid-term developments include:
- A new centralized security checkpoint resulting in up to 40 percent more passengers handled
- An in-depth expansion of Terminal 2 that will take place in several stages
- New parking garages in front of the extended Terminal 2, largely replacing current parking options, equipped with electric charging stations, robotic parking, and advanced occupancy-monitoring technology
- The construction of a parallel runway that will be used primarily for the landing of aircraft
- New check-in counters and a check-in island, enabling the airport to better handle more long-haul flights
- A new aircraft stand, allowing one large wide-body aircraft or two smaller narrow-bodied aircraft to be serviced.