During July 2021, 2,607 tonnes of freight – a 41.3 per cent per cent increase and 762 tonnes more in comparison with 2020’s result, were transported to and from Katowice Airport (KTW). From January to the end of July 2021, 16,423 tonnes of cargo were handled, i.e., 5,507 tonnes more, a 50.4 per cent per cent growth, in comparison with the first seven months of 2020.
During summer 2021, regular cargo flights network at Katowice Airports increased by three destinations handled for Amazon. On 6 July 2021, the Milan-Malpensa – Cagliari – Katowice Airport – Paris de Gaulle – Milan-Malpensa route was launched. Two weeks later, the Katowice Airport – Hannover – Milan-Malpensa – Hannover – Katowice Airport route was handled for the first time. Furthermore, on 3 August, the first Milan-Malpensa – Catania – Katowice Airport – Madrid – Milan-Malpensa flight took place. All routes are handled with a cargo Boeing 737-400.
Top cargo operators in the EU have their regional bases at Katowice Airport. Currently, the regular cargo flights network comprises 10 routes. In addition to the new Amazon flights, the following regular route is also handled for the company: Katowice Airport – Cologne-Bonn – East Midlands – Cologne-Bonn – Katowice Airport. Moreover, DHL Express flies from Katowice Airport to Leipzig, UPS to Cologne-Bonn, FedEx to Paris and TNT handles the Liege – Katowice Airport – Gdansk – Riga – Liege route. Furthermore, since January 2021, Lufthansa Cargo is operating a Poland-wide road feeder service (RFS) freight facility at Katowice Airport, from where it offers regular cargo connections to Frankfurt and Vienna.
Artur Tomasik, President of the Management Board of Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze SA, the company managing Katowice Airport, said: “For years, thanks to modern infrastructure, which is capable of handling a lot of cargo, Katowice Airport has been consistent in achieving better results in this segment of air traffic; the airport is strengthening its position among Polish regional airports. According to our prognoses, 2021 will be a record year for us; we will conclude it with a 50 per cent increase in the amount of handled cargo in comparison with 2020. In 2021, approximately 30,000 tonnes of freight will be handled. At the same time, we are concerned with the development of this segment. We are planning to expand the cargo area at Katowice Airport. In the foreseeable future, we plan to carry out investments which will allow us to at the very least double the surface of terminal infrastructure which handles air cargo.”
Katowice Airport is among the biggest regional airports in Poland. In 2019, record breaking 4.84 million passengers used its flights network and two million of them travelled on charter flights. Prognosis for 2020 assumed that 5.5 million travellers would be handled.