Warsaw Chopin Airport handled 9.5 million passengers in 2012

15 January 2013 (Last Updated January 15th, 2013 18:30)

Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland reported a 2.7% rise in its passenger traffic during 2012 to 9.5 million, despite a 3.3% drop in December 2012 to 602,000 passengers.

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Warsaw Chopin Airport in Poland reported a 2.7% rise in its passenger traffic during 2012 to 9.5 million, despite a 3.3% drop in December 2012 to 602,000 passengers.

Passenger traffic during the year surpassed the airport's previous record achieved in 2008 by 1.3%.

During 2012, the aircraft movements reached 140,100, down 1.8% over 2011, with a 2.4% decline in International traffic to 8.069 million and a 41.6% rise in domestic traffic to 1.518 million compared to 2011.

Chopin Airport director Michal Marzec said that 2012 has been the best year in the history of the airport.

"Never before, even in 2008, had we had more passengers. And all this despite the opening of a new airport in Modlin in mid-July, which took over about 10% of Warsaw's traffic, along with one of the biggest airlines," Marzec said.

"Handling passengers and teams during Euro 2012 games was undoubtedly the most important thing that happened to us last year."

"Handling passengers and teams during Euro 2012 games was undoubtedly the most important thing that happened to us last year."

During the year, Chopin Airport's charter traffic declined 5.5% to 1.3 million passengers, with 9,000 charter flight operations, while about 17,800 passengers, specifically 8,400 aircraft movements, were handled in general aviation traffic compared to the previous year.

Around 594,000 Chopin Airport passengers' flew to London, followed by 507,000 to Paris, 440,000 towards Frankfurt, 405,000 to Gdansk and 356,000 to Wroclaw.

Antalya topped the list of the airport's most non-scheduled destinations, followed by Sharm el-Sheikh, Fuerteventura and Tel Aviv during 2012.

In 2012, the airport carried out work on modernisation of the old part of Terminal, which is expected to be completed by late 2014, opened Warsaw Chopin Airport railway station and a railway link, as well as taking over passenger and luggage screening.


Image: Chopin Airport handled around 56,000 passengers during UEFA Euro 2012. Photo: courtesy of Warsaw Chopin Airport.