Aviation Week - David Casey

23 April 2024

Seat capacity from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), Poland’s main international gateway, is set to rise by about 10% during summer 2024 as owner Polish Airports (PPL) works to address capacity constraints.

The airport handled 18.5 million passengers in 2023—just 2% down on 2019 levels—and is forecasting a rise to about 20.5 million in 2024. New routes being launched include LOT Polish Airlines’ entry to the Saudi Arabia market with flights to Riyadh from June, and Ethiopian Airlines’ service from Addis Ababa, which is also scheduled to start in June.

However, speaking at Routes Europe 2024, a spokesperson for PPL said that capacity will near 100% at WAW this summer, which is creating challenges. “The airport team is working on solutions which will solve some of those problems,” the spokesperson said. “A new apron will be built to make space for additional aircraft."

“The airport is planning to buy new X-ray machines which will make security checks faster and smoother for the passengers,” the spokesperson added.

[Read more: Warsaw Chopin Works To Alleviate Capacity Challenges | Aviation Week Network]

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