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Chopin breaks 10 million passenger mark

The number of passengers handled at Chopin Airport in a year has broken the ten million barrier again as a traveller flew into Warsaw from Qatar.

Adam Połomski, touched down in Warsaw from Doha, and was greeted with music, a shower of confetti and muffins, and presented with a “Good Start” card entitling the holder to free entry to the airport executive lounges for one year and the airline – with a ticket for a flight to any chosen destination in the upcoming summer season.

The other passengers flying from Doha were also given small gifts, while all airport visitors were offered chocolate delicacies.

Michał Kaczmarzyk, director of the airport, says the ceremony to welcome the 10-millionth passenger was the icing on the cake in the airport’s 80th anniversary year.

“In the first year of its operation, the airport handled about 10,000 passengers. Now we welcome a thousand times as many people.

“Over the 80 years, the planes, procedures and expectations of travellers have changed, but one thing remains the same – our commitment to the comfort and safety of passengers. This is, and has always been, our top priority,” Kaczmarzyk says.

“Today we are honouring Adam Połomski, but by doing this we also want to thank all the other passengers who have used Chopin Airport this year, contributing to the breaking of the 10-million mark.”

Kaczmarzyk stresses the achievement presented more of a challenge than last year due to the fact that the second biggest airline previously operating from Warsaw had returned to Modlin Airport.

He adds: “Our record performance last year was largely attributable to Ryanair’s nine months of operations at Chopin Airport following the closure of the airport in Modlin.

“The airline generated over 10% of our traffic. It no longer flies from Chopin Airport, but despite this, passenger figures in October and November showed a growth of 8%, which means that other airlines have improved their performance.”

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