Ostrava airport to turn into Czech army logistics center

An Ukraine International Boeing 737-800 at Ostrava Airport. Credit: LKMT SpottersAn Ukraine International Boeing 737-800 at Ostrava Airport. Credit: LKMT Spotters

Part of the army's logistics batallion should be moved to Ostrava from Rakovnik.

The Moravian-Silesian Region has hopes for the loss-making Ostrava airport to be put to new use. Yesterday, the government approved the intention to construct a Logistics Center of the Czech Armed Forces at the Leos Janacek Airport Ostrava. Part of the army’s HNS Batallion Rakovnik should then be moved to Ostrava.

The idea to build the center came from the owner of the airport, the Moravian-Silesian Region. For the region this would mean greater use of the airport than before and a chance to obtain funding for the necessary runway repairs. The project will allow the army to build a logistics center unique in its connection to air, rail and road transport infrastructure in one place. The Ostrava airport is well suited for this purpose because of its capability to receive even the largest transport aircraft.

Base not for combat purposes

Government materials expect that the new logistics center will be built in 2024 at the earliest, at an estimated cost of CZK 2 billion. It will be a Czech Army logistics base which will not be used for combat purposes. The construction of the center will contribute to the fulfillment of NATO commitments in the area of host nation support. 

Last year, the airport handled 157,000 passengers, losing significantly, especially compared to nearby Katowice. However, it is doing well in air freight.

 

Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.

 

Tagy Czech Armed Forces Leos Janacek Airport Ostrava Moravian-Silesian Region NATO OSR Ostrava Airport
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