Traffic at Warsaw Chopin on strong upward trajectory

Warsaw Chopin Airport admits its traffic volumes ‘surpassed expectations’ last year, when nearly 18.5 million passengers and a record 103.6 thousand tonnes of cargo passed through its facilities.

It says that the performance in 2023 “significantly exceeded forecasts” that projected it would handle slightly over 15 million passengers.

In reality, Chopin Airport served precisely 18,499,527 travellers, just 2% below its best ever year in pre-pandemic 2019.

Stanisław Wojtera, president of PPL S.A. and member of the Management Board of ACI Europe, was full of praise for the airport’s staff, thanking “all those who contributed to the outstanding results”.

He also emphasised the impact of these achievements in fortifying the position of the Polish aviation sector in the European market and expressed the belief that the recorded numbers confirmed a quick return to normality in the aviation sector.

In December alone, the airport handled nearly 1.4 million travellers, representing a mere 0.5% decrease compared to the same period in 2019. Chopin Airport closed the year with more than 121,700 charter passengers, a 21% increase from December four years ago.

Warsaw Chopin also handled a record 2.6 million passengers on charter flights in 2023.. Transit passengers constituted 26% of the total handled, with over seven million choosing the Non-Schengen Zone and more than 11.4 million opting for the Schengen Area.

Cargo operations also witnessed a record-breaking year, with nearly 103.6 thousand tonnes handled — an increase of 6% compared to 2019 when cargo volume was nearly 97.8 thousand tonnes.

Among the remarkable achievements was the record set on August 11, when 67,968 passengers passed through the terminal in a single day.

The top five destinations from Warsaw Chopin Airport in 2023 remained consistent with the previous year: London, Paris, Antalya, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt. However, the ranking varied when distinguishing between regular and charter routes.

The most popular regular routes included London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Dubai, while the preferred charter routes were Antalya, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Heraklion, and Rhodes. Leading carriers for the year were PLL LOT, Wizz Air, Enter Air, Lufthansa, and Smartwings

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