Air traffic in Poland on the up

Chopin Airport had 8 million passengers in the first six months of 2018, which is expected to rise to twice that number by the end of the year. Darek Delmanowicz

Poland remains the fastest-growing aviation market in Europe, with growth of 10%, compared to a European average of 7%.

Air traffic in Poland is expected to rise again this year. According to conservative estimates, over 45 million passengers will check in at Polish airports this year, 5 million more than last year, according to Rzeczpospolita daily.

Poland remains the fastest-growing aviation market in Europe, with growth of 10%, compared to a European average of 7%.

These numbers come amid continued speculation about the future of Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland’s busiest airport. With the airport expected to meet capacity of 20 million in a few years’ time, the government plans to replace it with a new airport, known as the Central Transport Hub.

Based between Warsaw and Łódź, the new airport and accompanying railway hub would open in the late 2020s, becoming a regional hub for air traffic.

Chopin Airport had 8 million passengers in the first six months of 2018, which is expected to rise to twice that number by the end of the year. Passengers can reach an expanding range of destinations from Warsaw. 

In May, Polish airline LOT launched direct flights to Singapore, providing a gateway to south-east Asia and Australia. It has also started flying to Nuremberg, Germany, and Kaunas, Lithuania, adding to its network of connections within Europe.

Poland’s fastest-growing airport, however, is Katowice. It had 46.7% more passengers in the first half of the year than during the same period in 2017. June was its best month ever, with 581,000 passengers. The most popular destination was London Luton (183,000 passengers), followed by Dortmund and Frankfurt in Germany, Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and Warsaw. As the number of passengers rises, the airport’s management plans to expand and modernise its terminals in coming years.

The boom includes smaller airports, too. Like Katowice, Bydgoszcz airport had a record number of passengers in June – in its case, a more modest 43,300. Traffic at Olsztyn Mazury is also rising, after a slight dip earlier in the year.