Local Councils to Call Tender for Pecs-Pogany Airport

 

The local councils of Pecs, Pogany and Baranya County intend to invite open tender for loss-making Pecs-Pogany Airport.

 

The local councils of Pecs, Pogany and Baranya County (S Hungary) intend to invite open tender for loss-making Pecs-Pogany Airport in January, the business daily Vilaggazdasag reported on December 15, 2008. 

The airport, which currently handles annual traffic of 2,200 aircraft and 9,500 passengers per year, would require a 600-meter extension to its currently 1,500-meter runway and an additional layer of asphalt on the airstrip in order to accommodate aircraft of the weight that most low-cost airlines operate, the newspaper noted. 

CEO Gyula Acs of the company that operates the airport, Pecs-Poganyi Repuloteret Mukodteto Kft (PRM), told Vilaggazdasag that in order to become profitable, the airport would need a contract with an airline that would connect it to a major European airport such as those in Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich or Zurich.

The local councils are looking for a purchaser that would agree to invest a minimum of HUF 2.5bn (EUR 9.36m) in development of the airport.

 

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