101 travel ideas & more than 5.8 million passengers in 2017. New challenges for Kraków Airport in 2018.
Re-establishing flights to Chicago. Introducing new carriers: EL AL and Ukraine International Airlines. Announcing a new connection to Dubai. Holding meetings with citizens, launching another stage in the construction of a new runway, announcing Kraków Airport Master Plan, launching construction works at the oldest airport apron and opening the Aviation Education Centre – a truly unique venture in whole Europe. These are the most important events that took place at Kraków Airport in the last year. The biggest challenge for the coming years is to build a new runway.
OVERVIEW OF 2017
In 2017, Kraków Airport handled over 5 million passengers for the first time in its history, including the Germany national under-21 football team that won the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, delegates to the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee and the Polish National Ski Jumping Team. Our new logo became the symbol of our readiness to take on new challenges and evolve in our business management strategy. Kraków Airport was announced the winner of Airports Council International’s ASQ Awards in the Europe – Best Improvement by Region category in recognition of the improvements to passenger service quality. Our strategy for air connection network development was also recognized: Kraków Airport was nominated for World Routes Marketing Awards. Last year, we opened the Aviation Education Centre – a truly unique venture in whole Europe. It’s a place where even the youngest can learn the secrets of aviation.
Master Plan for Kraków Airport
Kraków Airport plans to invest around PLN 1 billion into infrastructure development within the next 20 years. Passenger traffic predictions indicate that Kraków Airport will handle as many as 12 million passengers in 2036. This means that we have to extend the passenger terminal and apron as well as find a new location for the cargo terminal. The construction of a new runway remains our key investment.
Construction of new runway
The construction of a new runway is our most important investment project. It is the key element of the investment plan until 2036 adopted by the Partners’ General Meeting last year. In March 2017, briefings were held at administrative offices of the heads of villages neighbouring the airport. Answers to questions asked frequently by citizens and e-versions of the bulletin published by the communities of local villages were published on the Kraków Airport website available at www.krakowairport.pl/NowaDrogaKRK.
Last year, an environmental inventory was conducted. It was followed by an environmental impact assessment report. The report was then submitted to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection (Regionalny Dyrektor Ochrony Środowiska, RDOŚ). The report constitutes a starting point for further development activities.
In 2017, Kraków Airport also announced and completed a contract awarding procedure for the preparation of design and cost documentation pertaining to the construction of a new runway in the form of competitive dialogue.
GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System)
In 2016, representatives of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and Kraków Airport signed an agreement on the implementation of instrumental flight procedures based on GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System), using satellite technology to support the air control navigation system. The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency has now moved from the preparation to the implementation stage. A tender procedure for the design, construction, equipment and launch of the Ground Based Augmentation System at Kraków Airport is underway. In the future the GBAS and ILS systems will work simultaneously at Kraków Airport.
Airport apron renovation
In 2017, we launched renovation works at the oldest (South-Western) section of the airport apron (PPS). A complete demolition of the existing concrete surface and a construction of a new surface with a very high load capacity along with appropriate infrastructure is planned. The works are carried out in stages to lower their impact on air operations. The total project value is PLN 18.4 million.
In 2017, a new connector between Hilton Garden Inn and the passageway was built at Kraków Airport, so that passengers staying at the hotel could easily get to the terminal without the need to step outside. The total project value is PLN 1.1 million.
In 2017, Kraków Airport handled 5,835,189 passengers, i.e. 17% more (over 852,000 passengers) compared to the previous year and supported 46,264 air operations (departures and arrivals), i.e. 10% more than in 2016 (by 4,362 operations). The biggest passenger traffic was reported in July, mainly over 553,000 passengers. The day record was 20,736 passengers. However, the number was lower than the last year's record from August 1st (when passengers were returning from the WYD) when 22,552 passengers were handled. In comparison with the previous year, the average number of passengers per day increased by more than two thousand, i.e. from 13.6 thousand to 16 thousand.
Last year, passengers could choose from 101 regular flights #flyKRK. Scheduled flights were offered by 20 carriers, of which two – EL AL and Ukraine International Airlines – introduced their connections in 2017. Our carriers opened a record-breaking number of 28 new connections. For the first time in its history Kraków Airport offered direct flights to four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. We also re-established flights to Chicago operated by PLL LOT, which were highly anticipated by the inhabitants of the region.
In 2017, carriers launched the following connections: PLL LOT – Chicago; El-Al – Tel Aviv; Eurowings – Düsseldorf; Ryanair – Chania, Porto, Lourdes, Pescara, Venice, Valencia, Lamezia, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Berlin, Glasgow, Göteborg, Lisbon, Malmö, Marrakesh, Marseilles, Naples, Nuremberg, Prague, Tel Aviv, Athens, Seville; SAS – Stockholm; Jet2.com – Birmingham, Ukraine International Airlines – Kiev.
Similarly to previous years, the most popular destinations to and from Kraków were London, Warsaw and Frankfurt. Nearly all seats were booked on the summer and holiday flights to Porto, Tenerife, Alicante, Gran Canaria and Malaga. As far as the most popular countries are concerned, our passengers mostly flew to the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Domestic flights took fourth place, just like in the previous year.
- PASSENGER AMENITIES
In 2017, passengers could play chess at the gates, we opened two smoking rooms, introduced pylon signs that inform passengers of the traffic expected at security checkpoints and built a platform for children and the disabled on the observation deck. The airport information points were fitted with inductive loops for the hearing-impaired. As many as 8.9 thousand users from all over the world downloaded our free mobile app which is fully integrated with the airport information system and
airport’s blog. The app was recognized at the Mobile Trend Awards 2017.
More than 2,130 people have visited the Aviation Education Centre at Kraków Airport since October. The activities offered at the Centre match the participants’ age profile and cover guided tours, workshops and drama plays for the youngest children. The Aviation Education Centre is located in the former Terminal T2. It was furnished and adapted specifically for that purpose. We are planning to further expand centre’s offer in 2018.
The Kraków Airport Loyalty programme has almost 14,000 members. The Kraków Airport Loyalty programme is available to all passengers over 18 years of age. Membership is free and the benefits include special prices at shops, dining places, Business Lounge Area, and institutions, as well as parking offers and a chance to collect promotional points at each departure. The programme includes two membership levels: Kraków Airport Loyalty and Kraków Airport Loyalty Prestige.
PREDICTIONS AND MOST IMPORTANT PLANS FOR 2018
- PREDICTIONS: CONNECTION NETWORK
Kraków Airport expects to handle 6.4 million passengers in 2018. We will add one new carrier: flyDubai. In 2018, carriers will launch 3 new connections: flyDubai – Dubai; Ryanair – Burgas, Jet2.com – Leeds Bradford. Our offer for the 2017/2018 winter season will be announced in the summer.
The key investments for 2018 are the continued construction of a new runway and the renovation of the oldest airport apron. We also want to build rainwater drainage system, water supply and waste water treatment infrastructure as well as a section of the airport apron. Furthermore, we have plans to develop a passenger terminal extension project, including a Western pier that would extend the passenger terminal main hall, and to start design works for the new location of a cargo terminal.
- NEW PASSENGER SERVICES AND AMENITIES
In 2018, we will introduce new passenger amenities such as self-service bag drop-off points. We are also planning to build new playgrounds and leisure zones for passengers.