Krakow John Paul II Balice International Airport
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- ul. Kpt. M. Medweckiego 1,
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- Air France
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Norwegian Air International
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All Nippon Airways
Delta Air Lines
John Paul II International Airport Kraków - Balice serves the city of Kraków, in southern Poland. Located 11 kilometres from the city centre, the airport is a hub for LOT Polish Airlines, and is serviced by several LCCs with scheduled services across Europe.
Location of Krakow John Paul II Balice International Airport, Poland
Ground Handlers and Cargo Handlers servicing Krakow John Paul II Balice International Airport
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Krakow John Paul II Balice International Airport (hereafter KIA) serves a heavily populated area of southern Poland and is the country’s second busiest, but is hardly a monopoly as it is challenged by both primary and secondary level airports catering to full service/network and budget airlines.
KIA’s passenger traffic growth was strong in 1Q2016 but several other Polish airports matched or even bettered it. With continuing air transport growth projected throughout Poland, staying ahead of the competition is the new objective.
KIA has a comprehensive investment programme to 2023, including the construction of a new runway.
This report examines KIA by way of several sets of metrics, looks at the airports that are rivals to it, at its construction activities and ownership.
The collapse of Polish hybrid carrier OLT Express has had a negligible impact on the Polish market as only a few of the carrier’s approximately 20 routes have been picked up by others. While LOT Polish Airlines regional subsidiary Eurolot has filled the void left by OLT Express in three domestic markets and is considering taking over a few more, more than half of OLT Express’ former routes have been left completely un-served. Interest in most of the axed routes is limited as the new carrier was ultimately unsuccessful in its attempt to stimulate demand on previously un-served point-to-point domestic routes which bypassed the main Polish hub of Warsaw.
OLT Express re-launched operations in Apr-2012, rebranding from Jet Air after being purchased by the Amber Gold Group. The Group also included OLT Express Poland, a separate carrier than OLT Express that caters to the charter market, and OLT Express Germany.
While Warsaw, the capital, is Poland’s largest city with close to two million inhabitants, there is a huge population base of some four million in, between and around the cities of Krakow and Katowice in southern Poland, with twice as many in the surrounding region. In light of both airports experiencing problems, and the military conversion at Modlin Airport near Warsaw scheduled to open in 2012, a question that has been asked before is back in fashion: should there be a new airport in southern Poland too?
Air Malta’s troubles have become more acute as the struggling carrier’s unions increase their opposition to large-scale redundancies. Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has stated the present situation is increasingly worrying, particularly in light of the EUR77 million the government has poured into the airline since Jun-2011.
Ryanair stated negotiations with Boeing regarding an order for 200 aircraft, for delivery between 2013 and 2015, have broken down, due to the manufacturer changing the delivery conditions for the aircraft, adding an order is now “highly unlikely to happen”.
Ryanair recently announced plans to expand its bases, adding another in the UK and one in Malta. The move supports the carrier’s recent announcements of capacity cut backs at Manchester, London Stansted and Dublin International Airports.