A new cargo apron has been completed at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport. The airport says it hopes its expanded its infrastructure will enable the airport to handle increasing cargo traffic.
The new ramp is located alongside the existing cargo apron in the southern area of the airport. It can accommodate three code F aircraft such as the Antonov An-124 Ruslan or six code C types such as the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.
Airport Director Michał Kaczmarzyk commented: “The investment project is our answer to the increasing demand for freighter handling facilities at Chopin Airport. “Our cargo traffic is growing dramatically and we need more and more new parking spaces for cargo jets.”
Warsaw’s Chopin Airport handles more than 70% of Poland’s air cargo traffic. In the first half of 2014, over 27.3 tonnes of cargo passed through the Warsaw airport, reprsenting a year-on-year increase of 18.4%.
Domestic cargo volumes grew from 308t to 354t (+14,8%) while international loads grew from 22,700t to 26,900t (+18,4%). More goods were imported into Poland than exported: inbound cargo stood at 15,400t and outbound at 11,900t.
The airport also handled more mail with a total growth of 1.3% in the first half of 2014.
Chopin Airport’s most popular cargo destinations included: Leipzig (3,500t), Cologne (3,100t), Dubai (2,900t), New York (2,800t) and Chicago (2,200t), with the biggest cargo carriers being LOT Polish Airlines (9,500t), UPS Airlines (4,100t), European Air Transport (3,500t), Emirates (2,800t) and TNT Airways (1,100t).