Polish airports handle 64 pct fewer passengers y/y in H1 - agency

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Polish airports serviced around 8 million passengers in the first half of the year, down by 64 percent from the same period of 2019, according to Poland's Civil Aviation Office (ULC).

The second quarter of 2020 "was one of the most difficult periods in the history of civil aviation in Poland," ULC said in a Tuesday press release.

"The main reason was the suspension of passenger air connections from mid-March to the end of May," it added.

Both in April and May this year, the number of passengers handled by Polish airports was less than 0.5 percent of those serviced in the corresponding months of 2019.

In June, due to the epidemic and the related decline in demand for air travel, the number of travellers equalled 2 percent of those using Polish airports in June 2019 (14 percent in domestic traffic).

Warsaw's Chopin Airport retained its spot as the most popular airport in Poland, servicing nearly 3.2 million passengers in the first six months of 2020, 5.4 million less than in January-June 2019.

The Krakow-Balice Airport in southern Poland came in second, handling 1.5 million traveller in the first half of the year, 2.3 million less than in a corresponding period of 2019.