Growing demand for travelling for summer holiday by plane was confirmed by the most successful and at the same time the longest charter season in airport´s history.
During the summer season of 2018 Košice Airport handled 591 charter flights to 19 destinations in 10 countries. The first flight departed on 25th of May to Hurgada and the last one arrived on 3th of November from Hurgada.
The number of charter passengers this year was 170 431 passangers and compared to previous summer season was increased by 38,6 %. The most demanded destination was Antalya with close to 44 990 passengers, followed by Burgas with 28 440 passengers and Hurgada with almost 15 508 passengers.
Michael Tmej, Chief executive officer and chairman of the management board of Košice International Airport:
„I am very happy and it is a great honour for me to say that we had the best charter/summer season ever.I would like to thank all the passengers who chose Kosice Airport as their departure destination and also to the travel agencies for having prepared a really attractive offer from Košice. We have welcomed at our airport Eurowings as a new airline by end of October for the coming winter season with offering another opportunity for our clients to explore the world„
From January to October 2018 Košice Airport welcomed 482 329 passengers which is 48 012 passengers more than in the same period of 2017, representing an annual increase of 11,1 %. Aircraft movements from January to October increased by 44,1 % to 13 335 movements. 25 068 tons of MTOW represent annual increase by 17,2 %.
Significant growth was driven by increased of charter traffic and passengers on holiday routes. In total, following 19 charter destinations were operated from Košice: Tirana (Albania), Burgas (Bulgaria), Varna (Bulgaria), Podgorica (Montenegro), Rijeka (Croatia), Hurgada (Egypt), Marsa Alam (Egypt), Thessaloniki (Greece), Corfu (Greece), Patras (Greece), Rodos (Greece), Larcaka (Cyprus), Heraklion (Greece), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Lamezia Terme (Italy), Olbia (Italy), Monastir (Tunis), Antalya (Turkey).
Even after end of charter/summer season it is possible continue to travel and discover more than 500 destinations directly from Košice with just one transfer. Please visit our webpage www.zkosicdosveta.sk and see a special offers a wide selection and inspiration for your next vacation. In addition to many exotic destinations, we are delighted to welcome our newest partner, Eurowings, with two new direct flights to Düsseldorf and Munich. These new connections will rich connectivity and help to build a strong cooperation with Germany.