Passenger Decrease at Chopin Airport

Chopin Airport, Poland, handled 740,600 passengers in October 2012, with a 9.5% drop compared to the same month in 2011.
The airport also recorded a fall in aircraft movements, with 7.9% less landings and take-offs year-on-year.
Director Michał Marzec explained:  “The reduced passenger traffic is a consequence of our strategic decisions taken many months ago.  What we’re seeing right now is a result of the opening of an airport in Modlin and the decision of low-cost airline Wizz Air to move its operations there.  Thanks to that the terminal is less busy and we can ensure the comfort of passengers, even with part of the building being closed due to modernisation.”
He argued:  “If you consider the total number of passengers handled at both Warsaw airports, it can be safely said that the overall traffic is growing considerably.”
Since the beginning of 2012, the airport has handled 8.4 million passengers, with a 4% year-on-year growth from January to October.  Domestic flights have grown by 48.4%, with 1.34 million passengers handled, whereas international traffic has fallen by 1.6% (7.05 million travellers).
(Image:  Chopin Airport)