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2008-11-25"Fly from Katowice!" Gala 2008

The end of the year is a time for appraisals. Seeing as the tourist charter season has finished, 2008 can finally be summed up in terms of passenger movement. Following an analysis of the statistics available from Katowice Airport, we are able to say that the airport's been able to maintain its position as the Charter Centre for Southern Poland. The statistics also reflect the ambitions of Katowice's airport to become Poland's Main Charter Centre in the near future. In the first 10 months of 2008, 574 889 charter passengers checked in at Katowice Airport. This figure translates into an increase of 39% in this sector of passenger movement, in comparison to the corresponding time period in 2007, when 411 657 passengers checked in.

The tourist charter season at Katowice Airport was recapped on Friday 21st November, 2008 at ?Szafranowy Dwór" during the 7th gala completing this edition of the ?Fly from Katowice!" The programme organiser is the Upper Silesian Aviation Group (GTL) - under whose management is Katowice Airport in Pyrzowice. ?Fly from Katowice!" is aimed towards passengers of traditional, low-cost and charter airlines. The programme is based on a discount package on services offered by programme partners. Discounts are provided on the basis of special discount coupons which are available for printing at Partners of the 7th edition of the programme were: GTL-Service, PHZ Baltona SA, PKM Katowice, Keraniss, Airport Catering Service, HDS Polska, Airport Taxi Service, PPHU Pol-Trans Catering and Hemavit.

The gala included the presentation of GTL statuettes to tour operators and air carriers. The statuettes received by year's programme laureates, were designed by renowned Silesian sculptor and medal maker, Zygmunt Brachmański.

The prestigious awards for 2008 went to:

  • Triada - Tour Operator of the Year: Summer
  • Exim Tours -Tour Operator of the Year: Winter
  • Święcki Travel- Tour Operator Debut of the Year
  • Nova Itaka (Bodrum) - Tour Operator of New Destination of the Year
  • Air Italy Polska- Domestic Charter Carrier of the Year
  • AMC Airlines - International Charter Carrier of the Year
  • Wizz Air - Low-Cost Carrier of the Year
  • Lufthansa - Network Carrier of the Year

IATA agents

  • 1st Place: Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Bielsko-Biała
  • 2nd Place: PBP Orbis, Bielsko-Biała
  • 3rd Place: FLY AWAY Travel, Katowice

Travel agents

  • 1st Place: Amadeusz, Bytom
  • 2nd Place: Futura Travel, Mysłowice
  • 3rd Place: Good Luck, Tychy

Travel agencies operated by individual tour operators

  • 1st Place: Itaka, Opole
  • 2nd Place: Triada, Katowice
  • 3rd Place: Neckermann, Sosnowiec

The Gala was also an opportunity to thank the Honorary Patrons as well as the Media Patrons of the 7th edition of the ?Fly to Katowice!" programme. In 2008, the Honorary Patrons were: The Polish Tourism Association - Silesian Branch and the Silesian Tourism Organisation. Media Patrons of the programme were: Polska The Times Dziennik Zachodni, Polish Radio Katowice,, pasaż and the Silesian Region.


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