Poland and Belarus are considering the launch of air service to Grodno Airport. Flights will be operated by LOT Polish Airlines, Oleg Andreichik, the head of the sports and tourism office of the Grodno Region Executive Committee revealed.
Active work on the matter, including visa-free entry via Grodno airport, will be done in 2018.
“LOT is interested in launching regular flights to Grodno. Preliminary talks to set up air connection between Warsaw and Grodno have been held. We will be actively working on this project next year,” the official told BelTA.
The Polish company will be particularly interested in launching the flights if the airport is included into the Augustow Canal visa-free travel zone. Therefore, Grodno region plans to initiate this change.
Besides, work is underway to improve access to the visa-free travel zone through the railway border checkpoint Grodno-Kuznica Bialostocka that initially was not included in the corresponding law.
Meanwhile, the Grodno-Krakow train service, launched some time later, now brings many tourists. “If we take this step, we will see a considerable increase in the inflow of visa-free tourists,” the official is sure.
Grodno airport, an international air hub since 1993, resumed direct charter flights after a long break last year. The main summer destinations operating in the airport are Burgas in Bulgaria and Kaliningrad.
The aiport is located 18km away from the city.
The Augustow Canal park, including Grodno, has welcomed over 16,000 foreign tourists since the introduction of visa-free entry last autumn.
Grodno has recently welcomed its 15,000th visa-free tourist, a 70-year-old man from Germany who came to Grodno for one day with a group of tourists.
Source: BelTA. Title photo: traveling.by.