ROUTES: Poland's Lublin airport set for November opening

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Poland's newest airport at Lublin is hoping to secure services from Polish regional carrier EuroLOT as it prepares to open its doors later this year.

Construction of the airport, which is located in eastern Poland in an area near the country's largest river, the Vistula, began in November 2010. "Now we are on a short final approach," says Dariusz Krzowski, Lublin airport's vice-president. "In two weeks we start certification of our airport. Our intention is to open the airport on 15 November."

The airport, which has been working with consultants ASM on developing its operations, will initially begin with charter flights to Egypt operated by Czech leisure carrier Travel Service.

This will be followed in mid-December by the launch of flights from budget carriers. Ryanair will launch flights from the airport to Dublin and London Stansted, while Wizz Air will serve London Luton and Oslo from the new airport. Krzowski says the airport is also talking to EuroLOT about operating from the airport.

In the first phase of its development, Lublin will be able to cater to up to 1 million passengers. Krzowski says this will be increased to 3.5 million under the second phase of development.