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Rafal Marczewski - Articles and news items

A victory for Polish airports

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.

Poland is ready

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.

 

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