Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport

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Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport
Port Lotniczy Gdańsk im. Lecha Wałęsy
Logo gdansk airport.jpg
Port Lotniczy im Lecha Walesy Terminal 2.jpg
IATA: GDNICAO: EPGD
Gdańsk is located in Poland
Gdańsk
Gdańsk
Location of airport in Poland
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Port Lotniczy Gdańsk Spółka z.o.o.
Serves Gdańsk, Poland
Hub for Eurolot, Ryanair [Opens October 2014], Wizzair
Elevation AMSL 149 m / 489 ft
Coordinates 54°22′39″N 018°27′58″E / 54.37750°N 18.46611°E / 54.37750; 18.46611
Website airport.gdansk.pl
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,800 9,186 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Number of Passengers 2 906 000
Aircraft Movements 34 360
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics: Airport site[2] and the Office of Civil Aviation[3]

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (Polish: Port Lotniczy Gdańsk im. Lecha Wałęsy, formerly Polish: Port Lotniczy Gdańsk-Rębiechowo) (IATA: GDNICAO: EPGD) is an international airport located 12 km (7.5 mi) west northwest[1] 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".

History[edit]

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[edit]

LOT Polish Airlines Embraer 175 landing
Wizz Air Airbus A320-200 at stand

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel
Eurolot Amsterdam, Brussels, Helsinki,[4] Kraków, Lublin, Milan-Malpensa, Wrocław, Zürich
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Poprad-Tatry, Split, Zadar
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
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 (begins 28 October 2014), Haugesund, Kristiansand, Liverpool, London-Luton, Lübeck, Malmö, Malta, Molde (begins 30 March 2015), Rome-Fiumicino, Sandefjord/Torp, Stavanger, Stockholm-Skavsta, Trondheim, Turku

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
operated by Exin
Leipzig/Halle
FedEx Feeder
operated by Aero Contractors
Berlin-Schönefeld, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[5]
SprintAir Warsaw-Chopin
TNT Airways Katowice, Liège

Statistics[edit]

Departure gates at the new terminal
Check-in area at the new terminal
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 2 204 739 (August)

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus[edit]

The following city bus lines connect the airport:

  • to Gdańsk-Centre, (Orunia Gościnna), Route 210 [1] 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.

Rail[edit]

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."[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport at Wikimedia Commons