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The new owner of the aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody does not plan to build an international civil airport for passenger or freight transport. The airport will be used mainly for business needs. It was introduced by Aero Vodochody spokesman Tobiáš Tvrdík. The previous owner of Aero, the Penta investment group, planned to create an international airport in Vodochody that could compete with Ruzyně.
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 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 spokesman, Aero uses Vodochody 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. Municipal complaints were dealt with by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg last year. According to document published in the EIA information system, the report expired on Friday, November 26.
According to Penta’s plans, the airport was to handle up to 3.5 million passengers a year, mainly on routes, but only by airlines and on non-scheduled and private flights. The investor wanted to spend about three billion crowns on the expansion.