A Record-Breaking February for Eastern European Airports

chopinChopin Airport had a record breaking February in terms of passengers this year again.

More than 741 thousand people were checked-in at Chopin Airport in February. This is yet another consecutive monthly record in the history of Warsaw airport. February 2016 was the best February in the history of the airport, with a 10.1 percent increase comparing to February 2015.

It is worth mentioning that this is the tenth consecutive month of record results in the history of Chopin Airport and seventeenth month of continuous growth in passenger numbers. Since the beginning of the year Chopin Airport has handled 1.4 million passengers (up 8.5 percent) of which 1.3 million has travelled in international traffic (up 8.6 per cent.) and 163.2 thousand in domestic traffic (up 7.9 per cent.).

Tallinn Airport also recorded a 5% raise compared to previous year.

In February, more than 128,000 passengers passed through the airport, exceeding the number from the previous year by 5 percent.

According to Eero Pärgmäe, Chief Commercial Officer of Tallinn Airport, with a normal February, the growth percentage would have reached 2.3 percent. “Leap year added one day to February and that simply allowed us to serve more passengers than in the previous year,” Pärgmäe said. The number of regular passengers grew by 7 percent, while the number of charter passengers saw a slight decrease.

The Estonian aviation market is currently characterised by a relatively even division between 6 airlines with market shares of up to 11-14 percent. “This division is very beneficial for passengers as it broadens their flight options and reduces dependency on one or two bigger carriers,” Pärgmäe stated. The top carrier in the first months of this year has been Finnair.

In February, there were regular direct flights to a total of 23 different destinations. The largest number of connections was to Stockholm, but the most popular route was to Helsinki based on the total number of passengers. Flights to London had the biggest passenger loads in February, while the average passenger loads of regular flights reached 60 percent in the last month.

February 2016 was even better for Krakow Airport. which had 19% more passengers this year than it had in the same month last year.

krakow airportIn February, 310,000 passengers were served at Kraków Airport – as much as 19% more than in February 2015. It was the best February in the history of the airport.

For the very first time, Kraków Airport exceeded the number of 300,000 passengers handled in the shortest month of the year. An increase was also observed in the number of flights, which reached 2,732, that is 13% more than in February 2015.

In February, the greatest absolute increase was recorded by Ryanair, easyJet and KLM airlines, which carried, in total, 41,000 additional passengers last month. The most popular February destination from Cracow was Tenerife. Ryanair’s passenger load factor was 97%.

In the first two months of the year, Kraków Airport served 613,677 passengers in total, which is 17% more than in 2015.  At the end of March, a new carrier will offer flights from Kraków Airport. Starting from 25 March, SAS will provide direct flights from Cracow to Copenhagen.


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