Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport
|Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport
Port Lotniczy Gdańsk im. Lecha Wałęsy
|Owner/Operator||Port Lotniczy Gdańsk Spółka z.o.o.|
|Hub for||Eurolot, Ryanair, Wizzair|
|Elevation AMSL||149 m / 489 ft|
Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (Polish: Port Lotniczy Gdańsk im. Lecha Wałęsy, formerly Polish: Port Lotniczy Gdańsk-Rębiechowo) (IATA: GDN, ICAO: EPGD) is an international airport located 12 km (7.5 mi) west northwest of Gdańsk, Poland, not far from the city centres of the Tricity metropolitan area: Gdańsk (12 km (7.5 mi)), Sopot (10 km (6.2 mi)) and Gdynia (23 km (14 mi)).
The airport is named after Lech Wałęsa, the former Polish president. On the outside wall of the terminal building one can see the logo of the airport, which is Lech Wałęsa's actual signature, a stylized "W".
The airport opened in 1974 near the village of Rębiechowo (on westernmost land incorporated into the Gdańsk borough of Matarnia in 1973), to replace the previous airport located closer to the city centre in the suburb of Wrzeszcz. The airport acquired its current name in 2004.
There was some controversy as to whether the name should be spelled Lech Walesa (without diacritics, but better recognizable in the world) or Lech Wałęsa (with Polish letters, but difficult to write and pronounce for foreigners, the closest English phonetic approximation being "Vawensa").
In 2006 it served 1,249,780 passengers (an increase of 84% over the previous year). Half of this number were international passengers.
Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport has operated as a private company since 1993. A new terminal was opened in 1997. Another new terminal (T2) was opened ahead of Euro 2012 on 6 April 2012.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Exin
operated by Aero Contractors
|Berlin-Schönefeld, Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|TNT Airways||Katowice, Liège|
|Year||Passengers||Cargo (t)||Flight operations|
|1999||249 913||1 472||10 512|
|2000||269 960||1 552||11 586|
|2001||319 174||1 953||14 052|
|2002||318 033||2 211||13 450|
|2003||365 036||2 686||14 346|
|2004||463 840||2 742||17 500|
|2005||677 946||3 433||19 000|
|2006||1 249 780||4 037||24 200|
|2007||1 708 739||4 757||28 200|
|2008||1 954 166||4 610||31 000|
|2009||1 890 925||4 067||30 000|
|2010||2 232 590||4 487||32 000|
|2011||2 483 000||4 943||34 360|
|2012||2 906 000||4 851||37 022|
|2013||2 843 737||4 918|
|2014||3 288 180||5 658|
The following city bus lines connect the airport:
- to Gdańsk-Centre, (Orunia Gościnna), Route 210  via Gdańsk-Morena, Gdańsk Main Railway Station, old city.
- to Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz, Route 110 to Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz Railway Station.
- to Gdynia, Route 4A to Gdynia-Redłowo Railway Station, Gdynia Main Railway Station.
- to Sopot, Route 122 to Sopot - Kamienny Potok Railway Station via Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz
A new railway, Pomorska Kolej Metropolitalna (PKM, the 'Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway'), will commence service on 1 September 2015, connecting Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport with Wrzeszcz and downtown Gdańsk. It connects to the Szybka Kolej Miejska (Tricity) the 'Fast Urban Railway' which provides further connections by frequent trains every 6 minutes to 30 minutes to 27 stations throughout the Tricity, and also trains to outlying towns such as Wejherowo, Lębork and Słupsk, 110 km west of Gdynia, and to Tczew, 31 km south of Gdańsk. Construction of the PKM is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2015, and PKM service is scheduled to commence on 1 September 2015.
- EAD Basic
- Dead link
- Data from Poland's Office of Civil Aviation (Urząd Lotnictwa Cywilnego) Dead link
- "WIZZ AIR: MAJOR EXPANSION AND 25% GROWTH IN POLAND IN 2015 - Further 2 based aircraft and 5 new routes". Wizz Air. 26 August 2014.
- "Wizz Air timetable". Wizz Air.
- SKM Passenger Information, Map http://www.skm.pkp.pl/
- SKM Timetable ('Rozkład Jazdy'), http://www.skm.pkp.pl/
- PKM strona główna, http://www.pkm-sa.pl/glowna/
Media related to Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (English) (Polish)
- Gdansk Airport Hotel
- Current weather for EPGD at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for GDN at Aviation Safety Network