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New Airport Successful
December 21, 2012   
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Warsaw’s new Modlin Airport handled over 720,000 passengers in its first four months.

The airport opened July 15 and is the first airport in Poland that is intended specifically for budget and charter carriers. The airport is used by two carriers: WizzAir, which was previously based at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, and Ryanair, Europe’s largest budget airline.

In the winter season, the airlines fly from Modlin to 25 cities and 28 airports in 11 European countries. These are Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Bologna, Milan and Rome), Sweden (Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmö), Britain (Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Doncaster), France (Grenoble and Paris), Norway (Oslo), Hungary (Budapest), the Netherlands (Eindhoven), Ireland (Cork and Dublin), Germany (Frankfurt and Düsseldorf), and Belgium (Brussels).

Since it opened, Modlin Airport has handled over 720,000 passengers and more than 5,000 landing and takeoff operations. This puts it in fifth place in Poland after Warsaw’s Chopin Airport and the airports in Cracow, Gdañsk and Katowice. Modlin Airport handles 6,000 passengers and around 47 takeoffs and landings a day on average.

Charter airlines will start flying from Modlin in the spring. A few tour operators have already started to offer their customers flights from Modlin. Itaka offers flights to Turkey, Tunisia, Spain and the Canary Islands, Ecco Holiday to Spain (Barcelona), and Exim Tours to Tunisia.

The airport has to invest, especially in infrastructure, to maintain its present pace of growth. Over the next two years the company which operates the airport plans to launch an instrument landing system (ILS), expand the terminal, modernize the taxiways, and build new parking lots.
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