The Leos Janacek Ostrava Airport (LLJO) in Mošnov, on the Novojičínsko, reports a passenger surge and a significantly higher profit for 2023. The number of passengers handled increased by 20 percent to 342,932 year-on-year, while the profit nearly doubled. In 2022, the profit was 4.99 million koruna, but it’s estimated to be about 8 million for the past year.
The number of passengers increased due to flights to all destinations, according to LLJO spokesperson Kateřina Pustějovská. “The regular route to Warsaw with LOT Polish Airlines, which operated five times a week, provided a connection to the world with one transfer. The most frequently used flights for connecting flights were to Brussels, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto, New York, and Miami,” she stated.
According to Pustějovská, Ryanair also operated another regular route to London twice a week. Charter flights to summer destinations also recorded increased numbers of passengers, which was 21 percent. “Among the most sought-after were traditionally flights to Egypt, followed by Greece and Turkey, ” the spokesperson clarified.
The fact that there is increasing interest in flights from Ostrava pleases Jaromír Radkovský, the general director of Ostrava Airport, which operates LLJO. “We can announce a positive economic result for the second year in a row,” he said, pointing out that a large part of the operation was freight transport.
LLJO has ensured several innovations for this year to keep the rising trend going. The charter season will begin in early February with flights to Hurghada and Marsa Alam in Egypt. In early June, Ryanair will supplement operations at the airport with flights to Malaga in Spain, with a regular route flying twice a week, every Monday and Thursday, revealed Ondřej Musil, the manager for passenger transport.