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New airport terminal a priority

Completion of a reconstructed terminal that would enable the airport to handle up to 4.5 million passengers per year will be among Airport Bratislava's most significant investments, airport officials said on July 16.

"Regardless of whether the airport is privatised or remains state-owned, we will have the finances for the terminal because its completion is crucial," said the chairman of the board of directors and executive director Milan Kajan.

According to Kajan, recent economic results make the company credible and thus even if the airport is not privatised it shouldn't be a problem to obtain funds for completing the terminal.

"In the air transportation business it's necessary to plan several years ahead, and we already know that in 2010 we will have 4.5 million passengers," Kajan told news wire TASR.

According to the rough estimates from architects, the new terminal will cost Sk3.5 billion (€93.2 mln). The start of construction is planned for May 2007 and it should be completed at the turn of 2008/09.

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