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Issue 59


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2011-10-06LOT Polish Airlines - 45 years at Katowice Airport

Exactly 45 years ago, on 6 October, 1966, LOT Polish Airlines inaugurated the first regularly scheduled passenger connection from the airport in Pyrzowice to Warsaw. This flight signalled the return of flights to Katowice following a 6 year break. After WWII to the end of the 1950s, flights from Katowice were operated from the airport in Muchowiec and the airport in Pyrzowice was co-utilised with the army and the 39th Regiment of the Air and Air Defense Forces was stationed there. Apart from regular connections to Warsaw, additional routes to cities such as Gdańsk, Koszalin and Poznań were added as the need arose. Domestic connections were operated by Antonov An-24W aircraft. The airport also offered charter connections to resorts on the Black Sea in Bulgaria. With regards to passenger volume, the 1970s, with approximately 100 000 passengers annually, were the airport's golden years. And with 3410 take-offs and landings carrying 119 853 passengers, 1976 was a record-breaking year. In comparison, now at the peak of high season, the airport handles approximately 14 000 passengers every day and aircraft perform about 120 take-offs and landings per day. The airport's network is also much, much more developed than during the People's Republic of Poland. The airport offers 31 regularly-scheduled and 35 charter routes during the summer season. By the end of this year, Katowice Airport will have handled the largest number of passengers on record - 2.55 million, and aircraft will have taken off and landed at the airport approximately 27 000 times.


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