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Issue 4 2013 • 14 August 2013 • Przemysław Przybylski, Spokesman, Warsaw Chopin Airport
With annual air travel in Poland expected to reach over 38 million passengers by the end of the decade, Polish airports are going through a period of expansion and development, says Przemysław Przybylski of Warsaw Chopin AirportIt was exactly 9:15am on Monday 17 December 2012 when Enter Air’s Boeing 737-400, carrying guests invited for the official opening of an airport in Lublin, touched down to a round of applause on board. The passengers were cheering, aware that they were taking part in the historic first landing at the new airport. Poland’s Minister of Transport Sławomir Nowak later said: “Three years ago this place was nothing but a field; now it’s a modern airport – something the local community can be proud of.”The construction of Lublin Airport took two years to complete and cost around 400 million zlotys. The airport is located approximately 15km from downtown Lublin, close to the PZL Świdnik helicopter factory. It has a 2.5km-long runway, an apron with five stands and a passenger terminal that spans 11,000m2. Lublin Airport is expected to welcome around 300,000 passengers in its first year of operation, but is capable and ready to handle as many as one million.
Issue 5 2012 • 2 October 2012 • Rafal Marczewski, Poland’s National Co-ordinator for Airports
Poland’s football team may not have progressed as much as they would have liked in Euro 2012 but in terms of airport efficiency, the country certainly put in a winning performance over the two weeks.Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to Rafal Marczewski, Poland’s National Co-ordinator for Airports before the tournament regarding the plans for the country’s airport infrastructure throughout the two weeks (International Airport Review Issue 2 2012). In this issue, Mark catches up with Rafal again to see how he felt the airport operations had gone.Mark Glover: First of all, how are you feeling? Are you fully recovered from the experience?Rafal Marczewski: Yes, just about! The whole experience was excellent. As a football fan, I felt the whole tournament was a complete success with some excellent football being played with plenty of goals. I remember when we spoke before that I tipped Germany to go all the way but they just fell short – although the eventual winners, Spain, were worthy champions! Of course, the weather was also very good most of the time.
Issue 2 2012 • 29 March 2012 • Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review
The Ukraine and Poland will be jointhosting the European Football Championships in June, creating a range of operational challenges on the countries’ airport infrastructures. Mark Glover, from International Airport Review spoke to Rafal Marczewski, the National Airport Controller of Poland and the Polish State Enterprise’s Representative for UEFA EURO 2012, about how the country’s airports are preparing for this festival of football.Mark Glover: Is Poland prepared for the increased rise in passenger numbers in the summer?Rafal Marczewski: Our challenges began even before the teams had qualified for this tournament, as we did not know which teams would be playing where and when and therefore how many passengers or fans of a certain country would be attending. We liaised closely with our colleagues at UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and also internally between all of the major airports. We obviously know that the passenger numbers will increase, so we had to look beyond our main airports for traffic and include a range of ‘supporting’ airports. These will be utilised if the infrastructure, currently under construction, is late, or if there are problems with capacity or cargo. So along with the four main airports, we now have four supporting airports. Warsaw Airport will be supported by Lódź Airport, Gdańsk by Bydgoszcz, Poznań by Zielona Góra and Wrocław by Katowice.
Issue 1 2011 • 26 January 2011 • Przemyslaw Przybylski, Senior Press Officer and Spokesman for Warsaw International Airport
Warsaw, the largest city of Europe’s fastest developing aviation market, is aiming to complete the construction of a second auxiliary airport at a dis-used military base in nearby Modlin. The country is due to joint host the European Football Championships in 2012 and work has already began to make sure the project is completed in time for this event.