Košice airport served almost half a million passengers last year

The airport in southeast Slovakia calls the year 2017 the most successful in connecting this part of the country with other regions and countries, also thanks to new lines.

Airport KošiceAirport Košice (Source: TASR)

Košice Airport evaluates 2017 as its most successful year in terms of connecting eastern Slovakia to other places, the airport’s marketing manager Juraj Tóth, told the TASR newswire on January 9.

Last year, 496,708 passengers passed through Košice Airport, an increase of 13.7 percent or 60,012 passengers compared to 2016. A total of 373,406 passengers used regular flights, while 121,230 travelled on charter flights.

The largest share in the increase was posted by charter flights, where the number of passengers grew by 35,410, or 41.3 percent year-on-year.

“There was an increase of 24,427 passengers in the regular transport segment, which means 7 percent,” Tóth said, as cited by the newswire. “The busiest day of the year was August 23, with 3,621 passengers served. The total maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of all aircraft handled last year was 170,032 tonnes, up 11.3 percent. Košice Airport dealt with 106 tonnes of air cargo last year, an increase of 20.5 percent.”

“Thanks to the best summer charter season ever, new routes to Cologne and Tel Aviv as well as good figures for other regular routes, we’re pleased to announce that 2017 was the second-most successful year in Košice Airport’s history in terms of number of passengers handled and the best one in terms of connections,” Michael Tmej, Kosice Airport’s CEO and Board of Directors’ chairman, told TASR.

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