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Chopin Airport prepared for Euro 2012

 

Warsaw Chopin Airport is on target to complete the bulk of its preparations for next year’s UEFA European Football Championships this summer.

Warsaw Chopin Airport is on target to complete the bulk of its preparations for next year’s UEFA European Football Championships this summer.

 

 

As part of an upgrade currently taking place at the gateway for Euro 2012, the next few weeks will see the opening of a new pier with additional waiting areas for departing passengers, as well as new shops and catering outlets.

 

Resurfacing work on the runway and taxiways is also due to be completed in August.

 

And a new 15-minute rail link between the airport and the city centre is expected to be ready in late 2011 or early 2012.

 

Meanwhile, the airport’s arrivals and departures halls have been decorated with huge banners bearing the event's logo and the text 'Warsaw welcomes you'.

 

Matching stickers have also been placed on 300 baggage carts.

 

Michał Marzec, director of Chopin Airport, said: "We already have sufficient infrastructure to accommodate the increased traffic during the games, but we’re still working to expand the airport's capacity even further and improve passenger comfort."

 

In addition to the renovations at the airport, a new Euro 2012 operational plan is underway to streamline the check-in process and speed up security checks.

 

Meanwhile, special passenger flow management procedures are also being developed to keep the supporters of rival teams separated.

 

UEFA, the governing body for the event, requires Chopin Airport to be able to handle at least 29,000 passengers over a period of 10 hours before the match in Warsaw and 27,000 in 10 hours after the game.

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