The development of the connection grid from Chopin Airport looks very attractive in 2016. 25 new routes have already been announced, and several more are waiting for the announcement. Carriers will also increase their offer on at least 11 existing routes.
Most of the new connections will be made by LOT Polish Airlines, which after a two-year holding period related to the use of the public aid, can resume expansion into new directions, as well as restore the flights on the routes closed in 2013 at the request of the European Commission. The airline has officially announced the opening of 18 new routes this year.
The second largest carrier operating at Chopin Airport – Wizzair – has announced that from May it increases its base in Warsaw with a sixth aircraft and launches four new routes.
From May 13th, the Hungarian carrier will launch connections to Aberdeen (2 times a week), Bari (2 times a week), Bristol (2 times a week), Reykjavik (twice a week). Most likely, during the summer seasonal connections with resorts in Bulgaria, Greece and Italy will also return to the Wizzair’s network.
The carrier also plans to replace the two Airbus’ A320 with 180 seats based on Chopin Airport with larger models of Airbus A321 with 230 seats. This will increase the frequency of flights and offering on the routes that currently are the most popular among passengers traveling from Warsaw to: London Luton 26 from 23, Stockholm Skavsta 7 from 6 Budapest 7 from 6 Oslo Torp 7 from 5, Doncaster 4 from 3, Kutaisi 3 from 2, Birmingham 3 from 2, Catania 2 from 1.
A complement of the new routes network announced for 2016 is another transatlantic route Warsaw-Toronto, announced by Air Canada Rouge. From June 16th the carrier will launch this connection with a frequency of 4 times a week.
– Such a large number of new routes and connections gives reasonable hope for another record result of Chopin Airport. While in 2015 for the first time we have crossed the 11 million level, in 2016 – unless anything unforeseen happens – we can serve about 12 million passengers. It makes Chopin Airport the first among Central and Eastern European airports and guarantees the passengers easy connections from the entire region to all over the world – says Michal Kaczmarzyk, director of Chopin Airport.
Currently, in the winter season of 2015/16 Chopin Airport handles direct scheduled flights to 82 destinations in 41 countries on three continents. 32 carriers operate at the airport, offering scheduled services and 18 carriers offering passenger charter flights.
Source: Warsaw Chopin Airport