The new owner of Aero is no longer planning to build an international civil airport in Vodochody

Aero Vodochody has been owned by HSC Aerojet since September, in which the Hungarian financier Szalay-Bobrovniczky has a majority. The Czech group Omnipol owns a smaller share. “After the change of owners of Aero Vodochody, the construction of an international civil airport for passenger and freight transport is no longer planned. The new owners of the company are convinced that the airport in Vodochody should serve mainly the needs of Aero,” said Tvrdík.

According to the spokesperson, Aero Vodochody uses the airport for flights in the development of aircraft and for flying aircraft after overhauls. There are also flight schools at the airport and used by private aircraft operators.

Eight years ago, Vodochody Airport received a positive assessment of the impact of its expansion on the environment from the Ministry of the Environment. Due to complaints from the mayors of the surrounding municipalities, the ministry canceled its position. However, the airport challenged the revocation of the consent with a lawsuit, and after the intervention of the judiciary, the validity of the positive opinion was renewed in the summer of 2017. As an investor in the project, Penta then planned to complete the expansion of the airport within seven years.

The Constitutional Court rejected the complaint of 12 Central Bohemian municipalities against the renewed validity of the positive opinion. Last year, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg refused to deal with municipal complaints. According to a document published in the EIA information system, the report expired on Friday, November 26.

Veltrus Mayor Filip Volák (For Veltrus) welcomed the fact that the airport would not expand. “Our territory is so busy with traffic and industry that it’s only good. And since we’ve been connected to an intensive chemical industry and refinery for half a century, I don’t think it would be completely safe and strategic a few miles from here today. the most important refineries in the country to establish a large airport, “Volák told ČTK today. In addition to Veltrus, other surrounding municipalities also protested against the plan in the past, and together they established the Stop Vodochody Airport initiative.

According to Penta’s plans, the airport was to handle up to 3.5 million passengers a year, mainly on low-cost airlines and on non-scheduled and private flights. The investor wanted to spend about three billion crowns on the expansion.

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