Polish airports handle 22 mln passengers in January-June

Polish airports handle 22 mln passengers in January-June Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

Polish airports serviced 22.3 million passengers in the first half of the year, up by 7 percent from the same period of 2018, the Civil Aviation Office (ULC) announced on Wednesday. Warsaw Chopin Airport retained its spot as the most popular airport in Poland.

Although the growth of the total number of passengers is robust, it is more than two times lower than a year ago, when the growth figure was 16 percent, ULC noted.

More than 8.8 million passengers were serviced by Warsaw Chopin Airport and their number increased 591,000, or by 7 percent, from the first six months of 2018.

The southern Krakow-Balice Airport came second in terms of passengers and gained even more new passengers than Chopin (615,000, up by 19 pct). In terms of growth, the Krakow facility was followed by south-western Wroclaw-Strachowice (146,000, up 10 pct) and the northern Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (76,000, up 6 pct). Warsaw-Modlin, the capital's low cost airport, placed fifth in terms of new passengers, adding 76,000 customers in the first six months of the year (up by 5 pct).