Passenger air connections to be restored in three stages

On Friday, the Journal of Laws published an ordinance regarding the current ban on flights. It has prolonged the ban on international flights for another 14 days until June 6, and on domestic flights for another eight days to May 31. Marcin Obara/PAP

Poland will restart passenger air connections in three stages. Domestic flights will be resumed on June 1, European ones will come next while intercontinental flights will be the last but only to such destinations where the coronavirus epidemic is under control.

The announcement was made on Facebook on Saturday by Deputy Infrastructure Minister and Government Commissioner for the Central Transportation Port (CPK) Marcin Horała, who also said that last year, Polish airports had serviced 49 million passengers. It was the best result in history.

"We entered 2020 with much optimism since we hoped for better results. Unfortunately, our plans were destroyed by the coronavirus epidemic. Poland suspended all flights. There are no passenger flights at the moment in order to stop the spread of the epidemic," he said, adding that the current situation made it possible to think about restoring passenger air traffic.

Referring to the restoration of European flights, Horała said it would be possible only to countries, which "also have the epidemic under control and where the situation is not worse than in Poland."

As far as intercontinental flights are concerned, they will also be possible to countries, where the epidemic is under control, Horała said.

The official also said that 'the restoration of normalcy' would be connected with some restrictions, which "will remain with us."

"They will be introduced in Polish airports in order to secure the full safety of air transport," he added.

On Friday, the Journal of Laws published an ordinance regarding the current ban on flights. It has prolonged the ban on international flights for another 14 days until June 6, and on domestic flights for another eight days to May 31. The ordinance comes into effect on May 24.