€120 million has been invested at Kraków Airport in an extensive modernisation, including extension of the passenger terminal, new taxiways and apron expansion. Its 4.2 million passengers in 2015 represented 10% growth, while the first quarter of 2016 saw 18% growth . “Airlines which introduced connections at Kraków in 2015 – KLM, British Airways and Swiss – almost doubled their activities this year,” says Radosław Włoszek, acting CEO, Kraków Airport.
“Additionally, the flights introduced in the 2015/2016 winter season, for example to Tenerife, Gran Canaria (Ryanair) and to Olsztyn (SprintAir), will remain in the summer schedule. We have been experiencing a record number of passengers this year, and we hope to exceed 4.7 million.”
Meanwhile, the airport welcomes four new carriers in 2016 – SAS, Iberia, Air France and Aegean – which are significant milestones in the airport’s growth strategy.
“As part of our route development strategy we see further development of incumbent carriers in terms of new air services, additional frequencies, and larger aircraft operated, as well as attracting new airlines,” Włoszek explains. “We believe our market is large enough to attract an additional based low-cost carrier to operate services that would not compete with the current network.”
Ryanair is Kraków’s biggest carrier, and easyJet its second biggest, and LCC traffic currently accounts for about 60% of the total. It is a proportion Włoszek believes reflects market expectation and passenger demand. He describes a strategy with an “emphasis on providing our catchment area with the most desirable direct air services, and enabling convenient access to our region for all inbound traffic with competitive market conditions.”