More than 12 million passengers have passed through Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland this year, marking a new record for the airport.

The 12 millionth passenger was Anna Stando, who arrived in Warsaw from Zurich at the beginning of December.

Stando received a variety of gifts, including an annual access pass to the airport’s executive lounges.

Following a steady growth in traffic, the airport expects it will now handle more than 12.5 million passengers in 2016.

Chopin Airport director Mariusz Szpikowski said that passenger numbers could increase to 14 million in 2017.

The airport is managed by Polish Airports State Enterprise, which anticipates higher revenues as a result of the passenger traffic increase.

“Following a steady growth in traffic, the airport expects it will now handle more than 12.5 million passengers in 2016."

Net profit estimated at the end of September of this year is more than PLN200m ($48.2m), a 40% increase compared to the same period in fiscal 2015.

Polish Airports State Enterprise added that a high growth rate had lead to 'serious reflection' about the future of Chopin Airport.

However, an estimated airport capacity of 22-25 million passengers is purely theoretical and opportunities for further development are difficult, according to the company.

Szpikowski said that given the ambitious plans of the national carrier, it is assumed that the maximum limit for daily flights will be reached in around 2021, meaning new decisions would need to be made about the airport's future operations.