Warsaw's Chopin airport services over 1.9 mln passengers in July

The more-than1.9 million passengers serviced by the Polish capital's airport represents growth of 12.6 percent over July 2017's 1.7 million and is the best July in the facility's history, the airport announced on Friday.

“A steady increase in the number of passengers at Warsaw airport using international traffic (mainly transit) has a significant effect on the result,” an airport communique reads.

The airport also announced that in the first seven months of the year there were almost 9 million international travellers, which is 20 percent higher than last year's figure. Almost a million passengers used Warsaw airport for national travel from January to July 2018.

The airport further announced that according to a new report by the Airport Council International (ACI), Chopin came in fourth place in terms of this year's growth in passenger numbers among EU airports in group 2 (servicing 10 to 15 million passengers a year).

Meanwhile, Warsaw's second airport, in nearby Modlin, serviced over 284,000 passengers in July, 5 percent more than a year earlier, the airport announced on Friday. The result is the best in the six years the airport has been operating. The airport underscored that in order to develop further, more investment is needed. The company is currently working on a new architectural concept but is also preparing temporary solutions.

This will take the form of a glazed steel hall with air-conditioning and heating, which will allow an increase in capacity by about 3 million passengers. Construction is scheduled to start next year.

In the first seven months of 2018, Modlin Airport serviced 1.79 million passengers. During the period a total of 11,063 flights were conducted. The forecast for next year is even more promising.

On Friday, in connection with a strike affecting Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair, 10 flights were cancelled at Modlin.