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Airport World provides a snapshot of the latest route development news from Kraków, Dublin, London Gatwick and Budapest airports.
Big summer for Kraków Airport
Kraków Airport’s summer timetable is its busiest ever with 33 new services including Dubrovnik and Zadar in Croatia, Bordeaux and Nice in France, Reykjavik in Iceland and Bucharest in Romania.
Ryanair and Wizz Air provide 11 and 18 of the new services respectively while LOT will increase the frequency of its Chicago route to three flights per week.
The airport’s $264 million master plan includes a number of key projects that are designed to help establish Kraków as a “central communication port” and Poland’s largest regional gateway by 2036.
Kraków Airport’s carefully phased development programme includes plans for a new runway, extensions to the existing passenger terminal, the addition of a bigger and more modern cargo terminal and expansion of the apron to ensure that it is equipped to handle up to 12mppa.
A total of 6.7 million passengers (+16%) passed through the airport in 2018 with London, Warsaw and Frankfurt proving the most popular routes in terms of passenger numbers.
Studies conducted by operator, Krakow-Balice International Airport Ltd, predict that by 2036 the airport will primarily be handling regional O&D services to Europe operated by aircraft such as the B737 and the A320.
Dublin Airport is also set to enjoy its busiest ever summer with a total of 23 new routes and four new airlines ensuring that an extra 1.3 million seats have been added across its route network.
Four new airlines – airBaltic, Great Dane Airlines, SunExpress and TAP Air Portugal – are joining Dublin Airport’s growing list of airline customers while six long-haul routes and 17 short-haul destinations are being added to Dublin Airport’s flight schedule this summer.
Of the six new long-haul routes, Hainan Airlines, Norwegian and WestJet have already launched new services to Shenzhen, Hamilton and Halifax respectively. American Airlines will launch a new service to Dallas-Fort Worth in June and Aer Lingus will operate flights to Minneapolis-St Paul from July.
Total capacity on existing short-haul routes is set to increase by 6% with almost 1.2 million additional seats this summer.
Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison, says: “We have a fantastic range of new destinations for passengers to choose from this summer connecting Dublin Airport to even more locations across Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region.
“Additional capacity and frequency have also been added on over 70 existing routes giving our customers much greater choice, flexibility and more options, whether they are travelling for business or leisure purposes this summer season.”
The peak summer months will see nine airlines flying 464 flights per week to and from 18 destinations in the US and six destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 66 daily flights to and from North America.
Gatwick’s US connectivity growing
London Gatwick’s US connectivity is set to grow with the news that Delta Air Lines plans launching services to Boston and New York-JFK from the summer of 2020.
The new services, which will be in partnership with Virgin Atlantic, signal Delta’s return to Gatwick for first time in eight years and mean that between them the carriers will offer up to 18 daily flights between the UK and Boston and New York-JFK.
The new flights will complement Virgin Atlantic’s existing network from London Gatwick to Florida and the Caribbean, where they currently operate up to 33 flights per week to eight destinations.
Budapest’s efforts recognised by Routes award
Home based carrier, Wizz Air, has launched services to London Gatwick and Oslo while the airport’s long-haul network will be boosted by the June 7 commencement of three weekly B787-9 flights to Shanghai operated by Shanghai Airlines.
The airport’s highly successful efforts to attract new services led to it experiencing double delight at the recent Routes Europe 2019 Marketing Awards, winning the 4-20mppa category and beating off every other European airport to be declared overall winner of the highly regarded awards.
“We work as a fantastic team and the relationships we build with our clients are what really matter and are at the core of everything we do,” said the airport’s CCO, Kam Jandu.