Polish airport welcomes 4,500 passengers

Polish airport welcomes 4,500 passengers

The Warsaw-Radom Airport, located 100 km south of the Polish capital, has welcomed 4,500 passengers since it reopened for business four weeks ago.

The airport, which has a chequered history, began handling flights again on April 27, after becoming officially opened by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on April 27.

Radom, the only public airport in Poland with EU support, originally began operating in May 2014, but was one of the worst-performing Polish airports, with only 9,903 passengers handled that year, according to data from the Civil Aviation Office.

In 2018, a court declared port Lotniczy Radom bankrupt, but a lifeline came in the form of the Polish Airports State Enterprise PPL, which bought it and then invested some PLN 800 million EUR 174.4 million, said Stanislaw Wojtera, PPL's CEO, on Friday.

Wojtera says the airport has already serviced half of all passengers in 2016, a significant improvement over the previous year.

At the end of the year, Radom will be somewhere in the middle of Polish regional airports when it comes to passenger numbers, he said.

Despite low numbers recorded in the first weeks of operation, Wojtera said charter flights could improve its results from June.