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Warsaw airport to top 11 million passengers?

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Roberto Galea 22.07.2015 07:38
Warsaw Chopin Airport has been used by almost 5.2 million passengers since the start of the year, with management hoping that it will become the dominant airport in the region.
The Warsaw Chopin airport. Photo: Facebook.com/Lotnisko ChopinaThe Warsaw Chopin airport. Photo: Facebook.com/Lotnisko Chopina

According to the airport’s director Michał Kaczmarzyk, in the first six months of the year almost 5.2 million people passed through Warsaw Chopin, Poland’s largest airport, up 7.4 percent from the corresponding period of 2014.

This figure included 4.6 million international passengers, a 9.1 percent rise on 2014, and 557,000 domestic ones, a 4.8 percent fall.

Over the whole of 2015 the airport could be used by more than 11 million passengers, a record.

The director commented, “I think that in 2016 there is a realistic chance that we might overtake Prague in terms of passenger numbers.”

Currently passenger numbers in Warsaw Chopin are above that of Budapest’s airport, but still below Prague’s.

The director added, “Chopin Airport is mostly used by people travelling for business. During weekends, traffic falls significantly. Meanwhile in Prague or Budapest it is the other way round- traffic rises during weekends, as people come for tourism. We also want to encourage tourists.”

Kaczmarzyk said the airport’s authorities are in talks with both airlines and the Warsaw city authorities about this, but that it is too early to reveal details.

Warsaw Chopin currently has 28 airlines with regular flights, and in the summer 2015 season has direct links to 85 destinations in 43 countries. (sl/rg)

Source: PAP

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