|Mr Michał Smoliński from Warsaw, who was flying to Paris with LOT Polish Airlines on Friday 9 December, turned out to be Chopin Airport’s 9 millionth passenger this year.
To celebrate the occasion, the lucky passenger received a number of gifts from the airport, including a ‘Good Start’ card entitling the holder to free entry to Executive Lounges. He was also treated to a 10,000 mile ‘Miles and More’ voucher and a model LOT plane by the airline.
“It’s a very nice surprise. Me and my wife are going to Paris for the weekend and didn’t expect all these gifts. It’s going to be a very pleasant journey,” enthused Mr Smoliński.
Chopin Airport is the biggest airport in Poland and one of the largest in Central Europe. 2011 will be the third time in the airport’s history that more than 9 million passengers have been served. The airport’s current record stands at over 9.4 million in 2008, its second best result being 9.2 million in 2007.
“We have largely put the 2009 aviation crisis behind us. We continue to see a steady upward trend in passenger numbers at Chopin Airport. The only falls, in April and September 2010, were due to the volcanic ash cloud and work on the runway intersection. Next year we expect to see further growth and new record highs,” – said Michał Marzec, Director of Chopin Airport.
“We are glad to see that more and more passengers are choosing to fly with us. Today is a special day for Chopin Airport, LOT’s main base and hub. The airport has just served its 9 millionth passenger and we couldn’t be happier that this person turned out to be travelling with us. We congratulate him and hope this will also be the case for the next ‘millionaires’ at Chopin Airport,” – said LOT airlines president, Michał Piróg.