Warsaw, Kraków, Katowice airports announce new routes for winter season

“Interesting charter connections are also appearing,” the press release stated. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Warsaw's Chopin airport has announced new connections this winter season from national carrier LOT and Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air, while Kraków (southern Poland) has announced six new connections and Katowice (southern Poland) 12 new routes.

From Sunday, PLL LOT will fly direct from Warsaw to Bydgoszcz (northern Poland) and from November 3 to Colombo, Sri Lanka. At the beginning of next year, from January 16, the airline will also launch flights to the new Beijing airport, Daxing, operating four times a week.

An airport press release also announced new routes by budget carrier Wizz Air - from October 29 the airline will fly three times a week to Eilat in Israel and from January 11, 2020, to Grenoble (France), Turin and Verona (Italy) flying once a week each. On December 18, Wizz Air will launch flights from Warsaw to Edinburg, Scotland, flying four times a week.

"Interesting charter connections are also appearing," the press release stated. "LOT will offer Goa, India, from November 21 once a week on a Boeing 787-800." The release added that for the first time in the winter season it will be possible to fly from Warsaw on Blue Panorama Airlines to the Maldives.

Warsaw's Chopin Airport is the biggest airport in Poland, servicing 17.8 million passengers in 2018.

Poland's second biggest airport, Kraków-Balice in southern Poland, also announced six new routes for the coming winter season, bringing the total number of connections offered by the port to 130 by 24 carriers.

Among the new winter routes are the Jet2 (https://www.jet2.com/) carrier's flights to Glasgow, Scotland, and Wizz Air's to London Gatwick and Ryanair's to Brussels, Kherson in Ukraine, London Luton and Palermo in Sicily. For the first time in the winter offer, Kutaisi in Georgia also appears as well as the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Tourists will also be able to take winter flights to typical vacation cities including Tel Aviv (Israel), Barcelona (Spain) and Bari (Italy).

Last year Kraków-Balice Airport serviced almost 6.8 million passengers, which was 16 percent up on the previous year. This year the airport plans to service 8 million travellers.

Another southern airport, Katowice, announced that from October 27 there will be 50 connections on offer to 16 countries, including one domestic flight to Warsaw. Last winter, the airport offered 38 scheduled connections. The 12 new destinations include Oslo-Torp (Norway), Brindisi (Italy), Catania (Sicily), Paphos (Cyprus), Kiev-Borispol and Odessa (Ukraine). Katowice airport also offers 14 charter connections to eight countries.

From the beginning of the year until the end of September, Katowice airport serviced 3.91 million passengers, 62,000, or 1.6 percent fewer than in the same period of 2018.

Winter time starts in Poland on Saturday night when the clocks go back one hour.