Katowice-Muchowiec Airport

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Katowice-Muchowiec Airport
Lotnisko Katowice-Muchowiec
Katowice-Muchowiec Airport - 06.JPG
IATA: noneICAO: EPKM
Summary
Airport type Sport/Public
Operator Aeroklub Śląski
Location Katowice
Elevation AMSL 909 ft / 277 m
Coordinates 50°14′17.33″N 19°02′03.05″E / 50.2381472°N 19.0341806°E / 50.2381472; 19.0341806Coordinates: 50°14′17.33″N 19°02′03.05″E / 50.2381472°N 19.0341806°E / 50.2381472; 19.0341806
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05L/23R 3,643 1,110 Concrete (in part destroyed by coal-mining, closed)
770 Grass (closed per NOTAM until 2,008) 2,526
655 Grass 2,149

Katowice-Muchowiec Airport (Polish: Lotnisko Katowice-Muchowiec, ICAO code: EPKM) is a general aviation (mainly sport use) airport in the Muchowiec neighbourhood of Katowice, Poland.

It has one inoperative concrete runway, RWY 05/23 with the dimensions of 1,109 by 30 metres (3,638 ft × 98 ft). There is a displaced threshold length of 221 meters (725 feet) on both RWY 05 and RWY 23, yielding a landing distance of 888 metres (2,913 feet). However, coal-mining activity damaged the runway and it is no longer used. The parallel 770-metre grass RWY 05/23 is also closed per NOTAM until the end of 2007. This leaves the 655-metre grass RWY 07/25 as the sole working runway.

The airport was built in the 1920s, and was used for civil aviation including scheduled passenger traffic, starting in 1926 with service to Warsaw. Ground damage due to coal-mining activity eliminated the passenger traffic, and now only the sport use remains with infrequent general aviation arrivals and departures.

On the other hand, because of the long commute from the city centre to the 30 km-distant Katowice International Airport, it has been proposed to the Katowice government in 2005 that a city airport be built at Katowice-Muchowiec Airport, offloading Katowice International for general aviation as well as some smaller scheduled traffic, serving primarily the business community and STOL aircraft.

Modernisation proposals[edit]

Katowice (321 thousand inhabitants, 4,5 million in nearby GOP conurbation) intended to transform its inner-city airport (current runway length: 1110 metres, width: 30 metres) into a proper City-Airport (there is limited space for the enlargement of the landing strip to approx. 1500 metres) that would serve this densely populated coal basin. However, only smaller aircraft could use it, and it would serve rather domestic and business traffic.

It was recently decided that building new concrete runway parallel to ul. Lotnicza (Lotnicza Street) with dimensions 850 x 25 metres is the best course of action. Further modernization would require also building new facilities, including a passenger terminal. It is unclear how the proposed improvements are to be squared with the conditions which forced the cessation of passenger traffic in the first place. As of summer 2007, work on fixing the airport has stalled because of a court fight between its resident sport airclubs (aeroclubs) over airport's real estate (nominally owned by the city, but handed over to the airclubs in perpetual lease).

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