Located in central Poland, Warsaw is the country's capital, the biggest Polish city, inhabited by more than 1.7 million people and the focal point of the Warsaw agglomeration, encompassing 3.2 million residents.

Warsaw is situated on the traffic route linking West and East Europe. Poland's capital is considered one of the most attractive places for business in Europe. Warsaw is home to largest Polish banks and Polish offices of a number of international corporations. It is also the leading city of the Middle Eastern Europe region in terms of available office space and a credible and stable partner for long-term investment projects, a quality reflected in Warsaw's excellent ratings.
 

Office space in selected CEE capital cities

 
City Existing (sq. m) Under construction (sq. m) Occupancy rate (%)
Warsaw 5 419 000 740 000 90%
Budapest 3 587 000 500 000 94%
Prague 3 447 000 180 000 94%
Bratislava 1 743 000 180 000 94%
Vienna 11 110 000 n/d 95%
Berlin 20 263 000 1 115 000 97%
Source: 3Q '18, JLL

 

fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19

According to fDi report, Warsaw is ranked on 11th place in overall category among other European cities as far as attractiveness for direct foreign investments is concerned. Additionally, it scored other high places such as 2nd in Eastern cities or 3rd in Business Friendliness among all main European cities.

TOP 25 European Cities of the Future 2018/19 - overall
 
Place City Country
1 London UK
2 Dublin Ireland
3 Paris France
4 Amsterdam Netherlands
5 Munich Germany
6 Moscow Russia
7 Frankfurt Germany
8 Zurich Switzerland
9 Cambridge UK
10 Helsinki Finland
11 Warsaw Poland
12 Luxemburg Luxemburg
13 Berlin Germany
14 Stockholm Sweden
15 Bucharest Romania
16 Limerick UK
17 Shannon Ireland
18 Cork Ireland
19 Copenhagen Denmark
20 Basel Switzerland
21 Geneva Switzerland
22 Stuttgart Germany
23 Hamburg Germany
24 Eindhoven Netherlands
25 Reading UK
 
TOP 10 Main European Cities of the Future 2018/19
 
Place City Country
1 London UK
2 Dublin Ireland
3 Paris France
4 Amsterdam Netherlands
5 Moscow Russia
6 Helsinki Finland
7 Warsaw Poland
8 Berlin Germany
9 Stockholm Sweden
10 Bucharest Romania

TOP 10 Main European Cities of the Future 2018/19 - cost efficiency
 
Place City Country
1 Tibilisi Georgia
2 Sofia Bulgaria
3 Kiev Ukrain
4 Minsk Belarus
5 Bucharest Romania
6 Riga Latvia
7 Zagreb Croatia
8 St. Petersburg Russia
9 Warsaw Poland
10 Prague Czechia

TOP 10 Main European Cities of the Future 2018/19 - Business Friendliness
 
Place City Country
1 London UK
2 Dublin Ireland
3 Warsaw Poland
4 Bucharest Romania
5 Moscow Russia
6 Prague Czechia
7 Paris France
8 Oslo Norway
9 Istanbul Turkey
10 Amsterdam Netherlands
 
TOP 10 Main Easter Europe Cities of the Future 2018/19 
 
Place City Country
1 Moscow Russia
2 Warsaw Poland
3 Bucharest Romania
4 Prague Czechia
5 Bratislava Slovakia
6 Budapest Hungary
7 Wrocław Poland
8 Poznań Poland
9 Kraków Poland
10 Pilzno Czechia

TOP 10 Main European Cities of the Future 2018/19 - fDI Strategy
 
Place City Country
1 Barcelona Spain
2 Amsterdam Netherlands
3 Paris France
4 Berlin Germany
5 Dublin Ireland
6 Vienna Austria
7 Milano Italy
8 Warsaw Poland
9 Budapest Hungary
10 Kiev Ukrain
Chopin Airport is situated in south-west Warsaw, approximately 8.5 km from the city centre. Thanks to its convenient location one can get to the airport from Warsaw downtown in just around 30 minutes by bus and around 20 minutes by taxi, train or car. Also, the Warsaw airport is only 1.4 km away from the S79 expressway, five kilometres from the Warsaw Southern Ring Road (S2) and 16 kilometres from the A2 highway. With new traffic arteries, access to the airport significantly improved in terms of time and comfort both for residents of Warsaw and for passengers travelling from further afield.

In 2018, there were nearly 18,6 million people inhabiting Chopin Airport’s catchment area, which stretched over an area of a 3 hours driving distance from the airport.


 

source: ARUP, 2018

 
Drive time Cumulated population in 2018
(in million)
0 min - 60 min 3,6
60 min - 120 min 8,9
120 min - 180 min 18,6
 

source: ARUP, 2018



 

Poland (2018)

  • Population: 38.4 million
  • Area: 312,679 km2
  • GDP growth rate: 5,1% (3Q '18)
  • GDP per capita: 11 245 EUR (3Q '18)
  • Average unemployment rate: 5,7% (XI '18)
  • Average gross salary: 1 154 EUR (XI '18)
  • Minimum wage: 502 EUR ('18)
  • Value of goods exported from Poland: 205,4 bilion EUR ('17)
  • Value of goods imported to Poland: 204,7 bilion EUR ('17)
 

Warsaw (2018)

  • Population: 1.77 million
  • Area: 517 km2
  • Unemployment rate: 1,6% (IX '18)
  • Average wage: 1 387 EUR (IX '18)
 

Warsaw Chopin Airport (2018)

  • Passengers: 17,8 million
  • Operations in passenger traffic: 189 thousands 
  • Cargo: 108 thousands
  • Regular carriers: 33 (Summer '18)
  • Regular destinations: 123 (Summer '18)
 

Passenger traffic in 2009 - 2018

 
Year Number of passengers Change y-t-y
2009 8.320.927 -
2010 8.712.384 4,7%
2011 9.337.734 7,2%
2012 9.587.842 2,7%
2013 10.683.706 11,4%
2014 10.590.473 -0,9%
2015 11.206.677 5,8%
2016 12.836.751 14,6%
2017 15.752.897 22,7%
2018 17.763.516 12,8%
 

source: PPL operational data

 

Passenger aircraft movements in 2009 - 2018

 
Year Number of movements Change y-t-y
2009 115.934 -
2010 116.691 2,2%
2011 119.399 3%
2012 118.320 -1,8%
2013 123.981 2,9%
2014 121.913 -2,3%
2015 140.724 1,2%
2016 155.934 9,5%
2017 172.969 10,9%
2018 188.911 8,6%
 

source: PPL operational data

 

Top 10 scheduled carriers in 2018

 
Carrier Number of passengers
(in thousands)
Change y-t-y
PLL LOT 8.604,2 26%
Wizz Air 2.6965 17%
Lufthansa 513,5 2,3%
Air France 324,5 -9,9%
KLM 257,3 -3,8%
Emirates 236,2 -3,2%
Qatar Airways 222,5 35,8%
British Airways 221,2 22%
Aeroflot 203,4 -2,7%
Swiss 190,5 2,8%
 

source: PPL operational data

 

Top 10 carriers operating charter flights in 2018

 
Carrier Number of passengers
(in thousands)
Change y-t-y
Enter Air 646,9 15,6%
Small Planet 517,9 5,1%
Travel Service 510,4 -4,1%
Ryanair Sun 175,6 -
PLL LOT 95,3 31%
Onur Air 75,1 -
TUI Fly 48,9 -24,1%
Corendon 41,4 -19,2%
Nouvelair 30,6 242,1%
Blue Panorama 22,9 -
 

source: PPL operational data

 

Top 10 schedules destinations in 2018

 
Destination Number of passengers
(in thousands)
Change y-t-y
London (LHR, LTN, LGW) 999,4 9,8%
Paris (CDG) 572,7 -0,5%
Frankfurt (FRA) 533,9 0,4%
Kiev (IEV, KBP) 495,1 44,8%
Amsterdam (AMS) 494,9 7,6%
Brussels (BRU, CRL) 464,3 8,8%
Tel Aviv (TLV) 398,7 30,8%
Cracow (KRK) 397,3 13%
Munich (MUC) 362,4 11,3%
Moscov (DME, SVO) 345,3 10,1%
 

source: PPL operational data

 

Top 10 charter destinations in 2018

 
Destination Number of passengers
(in thousands)
Change y-t-y
Antalya (AYT) 211,8 113,1%
Burgas (BOJ) 94,7 5,7%
Heraklion (HER) 92,5 21,8%
Rhodos (RHO) 89,7 10,5%
Kos (KGS) 67,5 17,2%
Corfu (CFU) 66,8 14,1%
Zakhyntos (ZTH) 66,5 -9,2%
Hurghada (HRG) 62,8 -7,1%
Tenerife (TFS) 59,2 -10,1%
Fuerteventura (FUE) 57,1 -10,2%
 

source: PPL operational data

 

Air cargo in 2009 - 2018

 
Year Freight and mail
(in 000 metric tonnes)
Change y-t-y
2009 50 -
2010 57 13,9%
2011 61 6,1%
2012 63 3,1%
2013 64 2,8%
2014 69 6,8%
2015 72 5,4%
2016 85 18,6%
2017 98 14,5%
2018 108 10,3%
 

source: PPL operational data

Constantly developing Polish economy, the business potential of Warsaw and the region of Mazovia as well as an attractive system of airport charges discounts has resulted in a steady growth of airline service network offered from Warsaw. Preliminary data for 2018 concerning passengers travelling to/from Warsaw directly and via other hubs indicate that destinations with the biggest passenger traffic potential, not included in Warsaw’s route network, are:
 

Non-European destinations

 
Destination Number of passengers travelling
to/from Warsaw (WAW) indirectly in 2018
Bangkok (BKK) 76 000
Hanoi (HAN) 52 000
Shanghai (PVG) 33 000
Hong Kong (HKG) 29 000
Guangzhou (CAN) 17 000
Phuket (HKT) 17 000
Ho Chi Minh (SGN) 16 000
Male (MLE) 16 000
Denpasar Bali (DPS) 15 000
Taipei 14 000
 
source: Sabre Data & Analytics Market Intelligence
 

European destinations

 
Destination Number of passengers indirectly
travelling to/from Warsaw (WAW) in 2018
Bologna (BLQ) 13 500
Florence (FLR) 10 000
Bilbao (BIO) 10 000
Baku (GYD) 9 000
Marseille (MRS) 9 000
Edinburgh (EDI) 8 000
Valencia (VLC) 7 000
Toulouse (TLS) 7 000
Nantes (NTE) 6 000
Aalborg (AAL) 6 000
 
source: Sabre Data & Analytics Market Intelligence


Destinations with the largest frequency increase potential, currently covered by the airport’s route network, are:
 

Non-European destinations

 
Destination Number of passengers travelling
to/from Warsaw (WAW) indirectly in 2018
New York (EWR, JFK) 72 000
Chicago (ORD) 32 000
Beijing (PEK) 27 000
Los Angeles (LAX) 18 000
Tokyo (NRT) 17 000
Sinagpour (SIN) 15 000
Toronto (YYZ) 14 000
Seoul (ICN) 13 000
Istanbul (IST) 12 000
 
source: Sabre Data & Analytics Market Intelligence
 

European destinations

 
Destination Number of passengers travelling
to/from Warsaw (WAW) indirectly in 2018
Madrid (MAD) 23 000
Lisbon (LIS) 18 000
Porto (OPO) 18 000
Dublin (DUB) 15 000
Lyon (LYS) 14 000
Geneva (GVA) 13 000
Barcelona (BCN) 13 000
Malaga (AGP) 12 000
Thessaloniki (SKG) 12 000
St Petersburg (LED) 11 000
 
source: Sabre Data & Analytics Market Intelligence


Number of passengers travelling indirectly between given airports is an important, but not the only determinant of traffic potential for such route. Our team of analysts provides support for airlines to estimate this potential as accurately as possible. Important factors, which are used during the analysis are data regarding business and economy. They all come from reliable sources, such as: embassies, chambers of commerce or relevant reports.


 Those air carriers who are interested in receiving such support are asked to contract us at: aerosales.policy@polish-airports.com
Passenger profile at Warsaw Chopin Airport in 2018















 

souce: Warsaw Chopin Airport Commercial Bureau


Fall in love with Warsaw


Everyday Warsaw is a meeting place of its citizens and tourists. It is a city, where you can share your experience and discover what is new, interesting and exceptional.

There are many new places, which have appeared in Warsaw in past years: parks, new boulevards among Vistula river, renewed fair pavilions, which became the best cuisine spot and the centres of creativity, which enables ideas exchange and cooperation thanks to open space formula. In each of such places everyday take place thousands of meetings between citizens and tourists, as well as entrepreneurs and investors. All of such meetings change Warsaw for the better.

The development of city is easy to be seen every day. Easily, you can find new places for rest, restaurants, squares or skyscrapers. Besides its modernity, Warsaw underlines its great history, which has been making the city important spot on the map of Poland and the World since centuries.

 

Important numbers


Data from 2018 for Warsaw

24 061 000 - sum of tourists including one-day trips
13 651 000 - sum of tourists for one-day trips (13 435 000 domestic tourists and 216 000 international tourists)
10 410 000 - sum of tourists (7 410 000 domestic tourists and 3 000 000 international tourists)

Means of transport used for getting to Warsaw



Accommodation

 

600 - accommodation places
99 - hotels
45 200 - beds
3,6 - million tourists accommodated
6,4 - million nights spent



Main purpose of visit




Main countries of origin (international traffic)



Other information

 

8,75 - overall Warsaw' atractivness according to visitors (scale 0-10)
4,36 day - average stay in Warsaw
394 EUR - average spendings by foreign tourists
94 EUR - average spendings by domestic tourists 
9,02- average willingness to visit Warsaw again (scale 0-10)