On 11 July 2012, under a decision of the President of the Civil Aviation Authority, Mazowiecki Port Lotniczy Warszawa-Modlin Sp. z o.o. was granted the Public Airport Certificate and approval to operate a public airport.
Warsaw Modlin Airport is the first airport in Poland created particularly for low-cost airlines and charters. From June 2012 is has been the regional public airport, complementary to Warsaw Chopin Airport. The airport handles international short-distance and medium-distance flights. Air operations are carried out 24/7.
On 15 July 2012 the biggest low-cost carrier - Ryanair - started its operations at Warsaw Modlin Airport. It operates regular international passenger flights to over 30 European cities: Barcelona, Glasgow, Brussels, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, Liverpool, Stockholm, Oslo, London, Rome, Bologna, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Dublin, Madrid and Gothenburg.
The decision on opening connections by such a big carrier as Ryanair made Warsaw Modlin Airport the key transport hub in the country. Every carrier that has appropriate authorisation to carry out commercial flights may use the airport.
The first passengers landed at Warsaw
Modlin Airport on 15 July 2012 at 5:30 P.M. in an Airbus A 320. It was flight number W62467 operated by Wizzair from Budapest.