Approval of the General Plan for 2036, introduction of new carriers, such as flydubai, Laudamotion, Transavia and Blue Air, 5th anniversary of the Kraków Airport Loyalty Programme and passenger no. 6 million at Kraków Airport are among the most important 2018 events at Kraków Airport.
EVENTS OF 2018
Approval of the General Plan For Kraków Airport 2036
Approved by the Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, in the presence of the Małopolska Voivode Piotr Ćwik and the Marshall of the Małopolska Voivodship Witold Kozłowski, the General Plan For Kraków Airport sets the directions for the development of airport infrastructure during the next two decades. The value of planned investments is about PLN one billion, plus nearly 10,000 direct and indirect vacancies in the region.
Passenger no 6 million at Kraków Airport
On 19 November, Kraków Airport was the first regional airport in Poland to serve six million passengers within one year. Passenger no. 6 million who travelled from Kraków Airport was Anna, who flew to Chicago via LOT.
Kraków Airport Time Capsule for the 100th Anniversary of Poland's Independence
Kraków Airport symbolically ended the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining independence by placing a time capsule under the floor of the passenger terminal. The capsule contains historical information about the airport, a summary of events, as well as children drawings of the airport and aviation across a century.
Firefighters' Day at Kraków Airport
Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (LSRG) secure all air operations (take-offs and landings) at Kraków Airport. LSRG are the only fire-fighting unit incorporated into the national fire and rescue system. During the Firefighters’ Day the flag of the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services was blessed, and employees were presented with awards.
New ATC Tower at Kraków Airport
In February, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency completed the launch of a new air traffic control tower. The new ATC tower operates as: Approach Control Office (APP), Aerodrome Control Tower (TWR) and flight information service (FIS). The total height of the building is 45.21 metres. The tower features the most state-of-the-art operations room in Poland, located 38.68 metres above ground. The investment cost amounts at PLN 50 million.
Services for COP24 at Kraków Airport
Between 1 and 17 December 2018, Kraków Airport handled the arrivals of: 50 delegations, including 11 heads of states and 27 ministerial-level delegations; and the departures of: 42 delegations, including 8 delegations of heads of states and 21 ministerial-level delegations. Most senior delegations were handled via the VIP path, as part of the services offered by VIP&Business. A large portion of COP24 delegates flew by scheduled air planes, via standard passenger path.
STATISTICS FOR 2018
In total, 6,769,369 passengers were served in 2018, i.e. 16% more than in 2017, which is 934 thousand more passengers than in the preceding year.
Similarly to previous years, the most popular destinations to and from Kraków were London, Warsaw and Frankfurt. As far as the most popular countries are concerned, our passengers mostly flew to: the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Italy. The most desirable holiday destinations were such sunny regions as Spain, Italy, Israel, Portugal and Greece.
Flights with the most passengers on-board flew to Tenerife, Lisbon, Gran Canaria, Rome and Porto. As in the previous year, the largest number of passengers were served in July, i.e. 624,695 thousand.
Since July, when a transfer gate was opened, until the end of 2018, 1013 connection passengers changed at Kraków Airport to further flights under one booking. 90% of connection passengers flew to or from Chicago.
In keeping with the IATA Optimum standard, the waiting time for check-in points did not exceed 20 minutes for 90% of passengers, for the security check it did not exceed 10 minutes for 87% of passengers, while the waiting time for border check (arrivals) did not exceed 10 minutes for 99% of passengers.
New carriers at Kraków Airport
Flydubai, Laudamotion, Transavia and Blue Air are the new carriers which we introduced in 2018 to Kraków Airport. It is thanks to them that you can now travel #flyKRK to Dubai, Vienna, Eindhoven and Turin.
Ryanair at Kraków Airport: 5th anniversary of the base
In November, Kraków Airport and Ryanair airline celebrated the 5th anniversary of their cooperation at Kraków airport, as well as Ryanair's 20-million passenger being served. On this occasion Ryanair inaugurated three new connections in the winter season 2018/2019: Amman, Lviv and Kiev.
Kraków Airport experienced many new solutions in 2018 which facilitated travelling and leisure at the airport. In the terminal, new customer service points were created, such as a pharmacy or Costa Coffee. The self-service printer at the information desk is also very popular.
Aviation Education Centre
The year 2018 saw a further development of the Aviation Education Centre, an education facility for children and adolescents which is unique on a national scale and which teaches how the airport operates and how it is organised. It was visited by 11,071 people. The Flight Academy, workshops for children with a mobile theatre and summer aviation camps enjoyed great popularity.
The youngest travellers
On the mezzanine of the passenger terminal there is an educational area for children with a map of the dying world, a symphony of planets, a model of a helicopter and an air plane, and a puzzle on “What can be carried in hand luggage”.
Innovative initiatives at Krakow Airport
Kraków Airport is the first airport in Poland to have a fast EV charging station, which allows for charging a standard electric vehicle in just 30 minutes. The station is available to the citizens, tourists and entrepreneurs who visit the Kraków urban area, as well as A4 drivers. The initiative was launched thanks to the cooperation with the entities of the Tauron group.
Replacing the existing lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting within Kraków Airport car parks is yet another project. The implementation was possible thanks to the cooperation with the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
PLANS FOR 2019
Kraków Airport expects to handle 7.9 million passengers in 2019, which is part of the strategy of developing a network of air connections and increasing passenger traffic.
Already this year passengers will be able to fly via LOT to Tel Aviv, Olsztyn and also to Bucharest and Dubrovnik. The Kraków-Chicago connection frequency will also be increased up to three flights in the peak of the summer 2019 season. In April, passengers will be able to fly to Stuttgart with Laudamotion.
Also in April, our base carrier Ryanair will start operating directly from Kraków to Bordeaux, Berlin Tegel, Catania, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Szczecin, Bari, Rimini, Thessaloniki and Zadar.
Kraków will be the 26th and the youngest in Poland base of Wizz Air. The carrier’s first aircraft will land at our airport in May, and the second in September this year. The passengers of Krakow Airport will have the option to fly on 12 routes offered by Wizz Air to London, Kiev, Nice, Turku, Doncaster, Bari, Billund, Catania, Larnaca, Kharkiv, Oslo and Kutaisi.
The most important investment processes in 2019 include: construction of a new runway, renovation of the oldest airport apron and, as per the General Plan, extension of the passenger terminal and the construction of a new cargo terminal.
Other amenities at Kraków Airport are planned, such as new playgrounds, a spa area (manicure, massage) in the departure zone and a shop.
Between 20 and 22 May 2019, Kraków Airport will host the 12th edition of the ACI Europe’s Regional Airports Conference and Exhibition - a prestigious event in the aviation business. The conference is an opportunity to discuss the latest trends, as well as some key challenges arising in the aviation industry. It is attended by delegates and experts, airport representatives and operators from more than 25 countries in Europe and across the world.