International airport gains weighty advantage
By Olga Novikova
The proposal by the Grodno region is truly attractive, with a land lot of over 25 hectares allocated for the construction of a transport and logistics centre within Grodnoinvest FEZ. It is to be located not far from the regional centre, within the Belarusian-Polish-Lithuanian border area.
“The logistics centre is to boast intensive infrastructure,” notes the Head of Grodnoinvest FEZ’s Foreign Economic Activity Department, Semen Sergeichik. “The project envisages truck and container terminals, with access automobile and rail roads, as well as a truck automobile transport centre and a whole range of other service facilities. These will cover parking areas for trucks, buses and service vehicles, maintenance stations, filling stations, a hotel complex, a first-aid post, cafes, shops and a communications centre.”
The clear advantage is the location of the centre within the currently operational airport. Crossed by international air routes connecting Northern and Western European countries with those from Central and South-Eastern Asia, the airport possesses customs, border and sanitary control services. Direct flights to the Russian Federation open up additional prospects in view of the newly created Customs Union.
Grodno Airport (jointly with Grodno State University and Grodno City Executive Committee) is an associated partner of the Baltic Sea Region programme. Comprehensive analysis of the air cargo transportation market is to be conducted, studying infrastructure and operational requirements for the regional airport, as well as its role within the system of international carriage. A specialised information network is to be developed and launched, involving the efforts of educational and scientific institutions and airports from nine countries.
Clearly, the opportunity to use all the advantages of being a resident of Grodnoinvest FEZ is very attractive to investors.