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New Airport for Warsaw
July 30, 2012   
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The capital’s new Modlin airport started operating in mid-July.

Located over 35 kilometers north of the city center, the airport is used by low-cost airlines for both domestic and international passenger flights.

Initially, the Modlin airport will be used by budget carriers Ryanair and Wizz Air. Later, it may also be used for charter flights carrying vacationers, especially at night when there are no takeoffs from Warsaw’s main Chopin Airport in the Okęcie district of the capital.

Modlin airport has been designed to handle 2 million passengers a year, but experts say this limit may be quickly exceeded.

The low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair says it plans to carry 1.5 million passengers on routes from and to Modlin. The airline will be flying from Modlin to 19 European airports—starting with Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, London, Milan, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm.

In 2011, Ryanair carried a total of 75 million passengers. The carrier will now be operating a total of 109 connections from 10 Polish airports, including Modlin.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told a press conference at Modlin that the carrier wants to carry 5 million passengers on routes from and to Poland this year.

The Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air will fly to around 20 destinations from Modlin.

It takes around 40 minutes to get from Warsaw city center to the new airport by car and only a bit longer by rail. In June, rail carrier Koleje Mazowieckie launched a train service between Warsaw and Modlin, with 14 trains daily. Passengers need to take a bus to get from Modlin railway station to the airport. The buses, painted in the railway operator’s colors, shuttle between the airport and the railway station every 20 minutes and can take 70 passengers on board. Additionally, trains will be shuttling between the two Warsaw airports, Okęcie and Modlin.

Travel by train from the Warszawa Centralna railway station in the city center to Modlin railway station takes 44 minutes. Then it takes another 10 minutes to get from the station to the airport by bus.

Sixteen modern Elf trains are operated on the line from Warszawa Centralna to Modlin railway station. Each train has almost 190 seats for passengers.
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