July was the best month for the Katowice International Airport in terms of handled passengers. However, analysis of data shows that the passenger number from the airport was down 4,4 percent in the period January to July 2013, compared with the first seven months of 2012.
The declines include both charters and regular flights. According to the airport’s authorities the main reason of the situation is the economic downturn causing the lower number of travellers.
July is usually the airport’s busiest month. In Katowice, 325 000 passengers were handled (340 000 the same month in 2012). The regular flight’s shrink amounts to 4,2 percent while the number of charters was 4,8 percent lower. The number of flight operations have also reported declines – 3 200 it is 9 percent less than in July 2012.
In general, in the first seven months of this year 1 427 000 passengers were handled from the Katowice Airport, 3,3% or 50 000 passengers less than in the same period last year. The Upper Silesian Aviation Group expects that this year’s total number of handled passengers will reach the comparable amount of 2012 when 2 550 000 used the airport.