Katowice airport expanding quickly
Recently more and more airline connections are being opened in Katowice?s airport ? Pyrzowice.
At the beginning of June, Wizz Air announced the opening of new flights between Poland and the UK, connecting Glasgow-Prestwick with Katowice-Pyrzowice, and making Katowice its third city of destination apart from Gdansk and Warsaw. The first flight between Glasgow-Prestwick and Katowice will take off on September 3, 2007 and will initially operate 3 times a week.
Natasha Kazmair, the head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs of Wizz Air said: ?Travelers from Scotland will be delighted to learn that Krakow, the former royal capital of Poland is only 45 minutes drive from Katowice airport, so it makes it definitely worthwhile visiting this place.?
?The inbound market has also been particularly strong, with thousands of Poles moving to Scotland to find work, and using our Polish services as a means of returning home to visit family and friends,? commented Mark Rodwell, the chief executive of Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
Also Irish Ryanair has launched new connections from Bristol to Pyrzowice, unfortunately omitting Krakow, probably for financial reasons.
The good news is that this company, as well as Germanwings, are considering opening new connections with Spain; however no details are known yet. For now only Sky Europe flies to Barcelona twice a week and Krakow could surely use a greater number of flights to the south, especially during summer season.
Tickets for the flights are already on sale on the airline?s web site, www.wizzair.com or by calling the Wizz Air call center on +48 22 351-9499. Regular one-way fares start from as low as GBP 19.99, including taxes and charges.
?We are delighted to extend our route network with another great route to Poland. Katowice is the capital of the booming region of Silesia with a lot of business opportunities as well as historical sites and beautiful nature,? Wizz Air commented: ?Poland has been an important market for us in recent years, with its popularity as a tourist destination growing all the time, so it?s excellent news that Wizz Air has announced this new low cost service.
?The airport has put a lot of time and resources into making the Polish sector work for us and it has paid off as our existing services have had a fantastic response from the public and we hope that word of mouth will continue to spread.
?With today?s announcement we are delighted to improve our coverage of a crucial market and further develop our working relationship with Wizz Air at the same time.
?They have shown a high level of growth in a short period of time since they began operations and we hope to help them continue that growth.?
Wizz Air launched its operations in May 2004 from Katowice. Currently the airline operates from 5 locations and flies to 48 destinations with 90 routes. Wizz Air flies an 1,180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline offers flights from Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania. Wizz Air carried a total of 3 mln passengers in 2006.