Budget carrier Ryanair is to switch operations to Warsaw's secondary Modlin airport from the end of September, giving the facility a much-needed lift after setbacks over its runway condition and navigation systems.
The embattled airport re-opened in July having lost low-cost carrier Wizz Air, which abandoned Modlin after suffering weather disruption last winter, aggravated by the absence of suitable instrument landing guidance.
But the airport's operator says Ryanair is to "re-establish co-operation" with Modlin from 30 September. The carrier will move to Modlin from the main Warsaw Chopin airport.
"Discussions with the airline were long," says the airport's board chairman Piotr Okienczyc. "But we were able to develop a supportive environment for both sides."
Modlin has been testing a new instrument landing system which will provide Category I guidance from 19 September.
Ryanair says the runway has been renovated and it has reached a 10-year commercial agreement with the airport operator. It will operate to 28 destinations from Modlin in its summer 2014 schedule, including two new routes to Thessaloniki and Alicante.