In 2010, the number of passengers handled at Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice, managed by Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze SA (GTL), increased in comparison to the year before. The total number of passengers was 2 403 253, which represented a rise of 1,6% compared to 2009. A further growth is also expected in 2011. Additionally, the Airport authorities plan following infrastructure investments.
A number of flight operations increased to 26 770. Thanks to the boost of the number of charter passengers, the Airport strengthened its position as a charter center for southern Poland. The number of charter passengers was 694 880, a rise of 15% to the twelve months of 2009. Amongst the most popular charter destinations were Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia. New connections with Kenya and Tanzania were opened at the Airport. On regular flights, passengers were mostly choosing Germany, Great Britain and Italy.
Due to the excellent results in charter traffic, combined with a steady increase in the number of passengers on regular flights, GTL expects that this year the Airport will for the first time ever handle 2,5 million passengers.
The most important task for GTL is to expand the Airport’s infrastructure including the cargo base. An extension of the maintenance hangar started in Q4 2010. A new 6 400 sq. meters hangar – the most modern in Poland – adapted to service Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, will be developed. Moreover, the Airport authorities scheduled construction works on new plane’s parking positions and taxiways.
At present, thanks to the four airlines operating here – PLL LOT, Ryanair, Wizz Air and Lufthansa – Katowice Airport offers regular flights to about 30 European cities.