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
|Eurolot||Amsterdam, Helsinki, Kraków, Lublin, Milan-Malpensa, Wrocław, Zürich
Seasonal: Brussels, Dubrovnik, Poprad-Tatry, Split, Zadar
|LOT Polish Airlines||Warsaw-Chopin|
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Oslo-Gardermoen|
|Ryanair||Alicante (begins 29 March 2015), Birmingham, Bristol, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Moss/Rygge, Warsaw-Modlin
Seasonal: Pisa, Krakow, Wroclaw
|Scandinavian Airlines||Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen|
|Wizz Air||Ålesund, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bergen, Cologne/Bonn, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Frankfurt-Hahn (begins 31 March 2015), Glasgow-International, Gothenburg-City, Groningen, Haugesund, Kristiansand, Liverpool, London-Luton, Lübeck, Malmö, Malta, Molde (begins 30 March 2015), Rome-Fiumicino, Sandefjord/Torp, Stavanger, Stockholm-Skavsta, Trondheim, Turku|
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||-||37 022|
|2013||2 843 737||4 900|
|2014||3 060 000 (November)|
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 future rail line is intended to be built. On the 18 February 2012, Railway Gazette reported that "Poland’s Pomorskie voivodship has formally given the go-ahead for the Metropolitan Railway project to build 20 km of line to introduce a local service between Gdansk, Gdansk Airport and Gdynia by December 2014."
- EAD Basic
- Dead link
- Data from Poland's Office of Civil Aviation (Urząd Lotnictwa Cywilnego) Dead link
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