Numbers were expected to be lower than the 9.5 million in 2012, as Warsaw Modlin Airport opened for business and low cost carriers were to move their operations there.
And the old part of Terminal A at Warsaw Chopin was closed for redevelopment after the Euro 2012 tournament and the longer runway 3 was also closed for major repairs.
Michał Marzec, director of Warsaw Chopin, says: “Hardly possible to foresee, the difficulties in Modlin Airport brought about, as a consequence Ryanair and Wizz Air’s decision to move operations to Warsaw Chopin, which meant we had to handle and cope with the highest amount of traffic ever recorded in the history of Warsaw Chopin.
“This posed a great challenge and required tremendous commitment of all our airport services. Still, we were successful – the airport operations ran smoothly, without major disruptions.”
He says he predicts a slight decrease in the number of passengers Warsaw Chopin will handle in 2014.
Marzec says: “There are several reasons for this: Ryanair, an airline that handled about million passengers in 2013, does not operate anymore.
“LOT has also reduced the number of offered seats due to the ongoing restructuring programme.
“However, we are pleased to take note of the fact that the network of direct routes from Warsaw has been growing steadily and the offer for passengers is now getting even more attractive.”
But Marzec added that 2014 is set to be just as interesting as 2013 as airlines are running 13 new routes from Warsaw Chopin.