New airport, Lublin, in Poland, which will launch with routes from low-cost carriers Wizz Air and Ryanair this December, is in talks with EuroLOT and charter carrier Travel Service Airlines to secure additional new air services.
The airport, which officially opens on November 10, will initially have the capability to handle one million passengers a year, but has ambitions to grow to 3.5 million after 2015. Ryanair will fly three times a week to London and twice weekly to Dublin, from December 17. Wizz Air will fly twice a week to both Oslo and London, from December 18. The airport is predicting 300,000 passengers in its first year.
Speaking at the 18th World Route Development Forum, in Abu Dhabi, Lublin Airport’s CEO, Dariusz Krzowski, said the timing of any airport expansion would depend on the gateway’s initial passenger numbers. “It depends on traffic. It could be after 2015. Not early than that for sure but we will see. When we hit one million passengers a year, that will be the signal to start further expansion.”
Krzowski added that Wizz Air are due to form a small base at the airport from next March, and that Lublin was also in talks with Eurolot about starting flights from December 2012. Lublin itself, has a 1,000 year history and the region boasts more than 2.2 million inhabitants.