On Saturday, November 27, 2021 a new long-haul charter route was launched at Katowice Wojciech Korfanty Airport. Direct flights to Varadero, Cuba, will be handled once a week for Rainbow Tours. The route is handled by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner operated by LOT Polish Airlines (252 seats).
Varadero is the fourth direct long-haul charter route which launched at Katowice Airport in 2021. At the turn of February and March 2021, LOT Polish Airlines began handling weekly flights to Cancun, Mexico, and Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic, for Rainbow Tours.
TUI offers flights from Katowice Airport to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; they are also handled by LOT Polish Airlines’ Dreamliner. The route is handled every ten or eleven days.
During the biggest crisis in the history of aviation, which was caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the significance of charter flights has increased at Katowice Airport. During the pre-pandemic 2019, among 4.84 million passengers handled at Katowice Airport, approximately 2 million (41%) travelled on charter flights. After ten months of 2021, approximately 2 million passengers were noted in total traffic; charters constituted 60% of that result (approximately 1.2 million travelers).
Katowice Airport is the biggest regional cargo airport in Poland. In 2019, record breaking 4.84 million passengers flew via its network; 2 million of them travelled on charter flights. The forecast for 2020 assumed that 5.5 million travelers would be handled. Ultimately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, 1.44 million passengers travelled to/from Katowice Airport last year. The airport is the country leader in the area of charter traffic and the regional leader in the area of cargo traffic.
Top Copyright Photo: LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner SP-LRH (msn 35943) (Proud to fly the Polish Olympic Team) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955977.
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