Warsaw Modlin Airport in constant growth – busy winter season in Warsaw low-cost airport in 2014
Despite a fairly rough start after the inauguration in 2012 (e series of technical problems which culminated in closing the airport for nearly six months) Modlin Airport, near the Polish capital Warsaw is back in shape again.
Unlike most Polish airports which usually register a decrease in the number of operations and passengers handled during the winter season, Modlin Airport is preparing for a busy winter.
Modlin Airport Ryanar base
Modlin Airport owns its rapid development largely to Ryanair, so far the main carrier at the location. The Irish airlines chose Modlin to be one of its four Polish bases (being the other ones the airports of Gdansk, Wroclaw and Krakow). In the initial phase, starting from October 23rd 2014, two aircrafts will be stationed at the airport, catering for the needs of the developing network of routes available in Modlin.
More domestic routes in Modlin Airport, Poland
Following its declarations to the press earlier in 2014, Ryanair has been quite consistent in its effort to take over the segment of domestic flights in Poland, dominated so far by the flag carrier Polish Airlines LOT and its subsidiary EuroLOT. Both of the domestic routes from Modlin, to Gdansk and to Wroclaw will see its frequency increased to twice daily, which will allow the passengers to fly from Warsaw to either Gdansk or Wroclaw and come back on the same day. Poland is a country of fairly large distances and the around 75 minutes flight (on both routes) is an attractive alternative to an over 4 hours trip by car or by train, especially for business travellers.
Winter holiday in the sun – Canary Islands and Madrid routes from Modlin
From October 2014, travellers seeking a sunny break from Polish winter will be able to travel from Modlin to three Canary Islands: to Tenerife on twice weekly flights and to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, departing once per week. Additionally, Ryanair introduces, also in October 2014, a route Modlin-Madrid will be available four times a week.
Ryanair flights to Fuertaventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife are especially exciting news for Poles as they are the first low cost routes to Canary Island from Poland.
Modlin Airport – new airline in sight?
In October 2014, Ryanair remains the only carrier operating at Modlin Airport. Wizzair, Ryanair’s main competitor on the attractive Warsaw market operates from the main airport of the Polish capital, Warsaw Chopin Airport.
It is not however a secret that the airport management board is actively looking to extend the offer of airlines at Modlin Airport. Without disclosing much details the Chief of Modlin Airpor Commercial-Marketing Office confirmed that new carrier (or carriers) may be expected to operate at Modlin Airport from summer 2015.