Lublin Airport

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Lublin Airport
Port Lotniczy Lublin
Lublin Airport 2013-01-09 10.JPG
IATA: LUZICAO: EPLB
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Lublin, Poland
Location Świdnik
Opened December 17, 2012 (2012-12-17)
Elevation AMSL 193 m / 633 ft
Coordinates 51°14′25.00″N 022°42′49.00″E / 51.2402778°N 22.7136111°E / 51.2402778; 22.7136111Coordinates: 51°14′25.00″N 022°42′49.00″E / 51.2402778°N 22.7136111°E / 51.2402778; 22.7136111
Website portlotniczy.lublin.pl
Map
LUZ is located in Poland
LUZ
LUZ
Location of the airport in Poland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,200 3,937 Grass
07/25 2,520 8,267 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 189,442
Sources: GCM,[1] STV[2]

Lublin Airport (Port Lotniczy Lublin) (IATA: LUZICAO: EPLB) is an airport in Poland serving Lublin and the surrounding region. The site is located about 10 km (6.2 miles) east of central Lublin, adjacent to the town of Świdnik. The airport has a 2520 x (45 + 2 × 7,5) m runway, and the terminal facilities are capable of handling 4 Boeing 737-800 class aircraft simultaneously.[3] Construction began in the fall of 2010[4] and the official opening took place on December 17, 2012.[5][6] The new airport replaced the grass airstrip (1200 × 50 m) which served the PZL-Świdnik helicopter factory and was known as Świdnik Airport with the ICAO identifier EPSW.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The construction of the Świdnik airfield began in 1935 and it was officially opened on June 4, 1939.[7] It was to serve as a training centre with a pilot school, and was built by the Airborne and Antigas Defence League, a mass organisation propagating aviation among the general public. During World War II, it was used by the Luftwaffe after Poland was occupied in September 1939, and then by the Soviet Air Force once Lublin was captured by the Red Army in July, 1944. The Germans destroyed the airfield's buildings before withdrawing.

After World War II[edit]

In 1949 the Polish government made a decision to build an aviation factory in Świdnik, located next to the airfield.[8] It assembled its first helicopters in 1956, with full scale production beginning in 1957.[9]

The factory employed some staff from the prewar Lubelska Wytwórnia Samolotów, an airplane manufacturer in Lublin that functioned from 1936 to 1939, being itself the successor of Plage i Laśkiewicz factory which functioned between 1920 and 1935. That factory had its own airfield within the Lublin city limits,[10][11] but it was closed and built over after the war. One of the streets running through the area where the airfield used to be is named Lotnicza (Aviation Street).

Current facilities[edit]

The need for an air terminus in Lublin, the 9th biggest city in Poland, has been felt for the better half of 20th century. In 2008, the project received 84.1 million financing backing from the European Union.[12] Subsequently, the airport design competition was won by a Polish-Spanish consortium of SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas (engineering & master plan) and Warsaw-based architectural firm ARÉ (architecture).[13] The architectural design was well received by the design community; however the fit and finish of the completed terminal building fell short of the winning proposal.[14] The contract to build the runway was signed in August, 2011, with completion in late 2012.[4] Operations commenced on December 17, 2012 with a Category I instrument landing system.[4] The realization of this project will likely be beneficial to the region.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Carpatair Summer seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Enter Air Summer seasonal charter: Burgas
Eurolot Gdańsk, Milan-Malpensa, Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Ryanair London-Stansted
Travel Service Airlines Summer seasonal charter: Antalya, Chania, Sharm el-Sheikh
Wizz Air London-Luton, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Skavsta (begins 21 May 2015) [15]

Passenger statistics[edit]

Terminal interior.
Traffic by calendar year
Passengers Change in number of passengers from previous year Passenger aircraft movements
2012 5,702 50
2013 189,699 Increase03226.9% 2,246
2014 174,465 (Jan-Nov)
Source: Lublin Airport[16]

2013[edit]

Month Passengers Passengers Cumulatively Aircraft Movements
January 11 130 11 130 51
February 10 601 21 731 47
March 10 352 32 083 54
April 16 286 48 369 86
May 17 600 65 969 84
June 18 155 84 124 90
July 21 662 105 786 115
August 21 482 127 268 142
September 18 497 145 765 222
October 17 058 162 823 266
November 13 921 176 744 194

Ground transportation[edit]

Train[edit]

Train at airport terminal station

Lublin Airport is accessible by rail, with a train station inside the airport terminal. The connection to Lublin's main railway station is provided by modern EMU (Electric Multiple Unit), EN57AL series 3000. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes from Lublin Central Station.[17] Ticket costs 5,3 PLN (~€1,3).[18]

Bus[edit]

There is a dedicated bus service to the airport, with a flexible schedule, which starts its run to the airport 2 hours before each flight departure, and leaves the airport 25 minutes after flight arrival.[19]

Car[edit]

The airport is located close to Expressway S17.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for LUZ at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Airport information for Lublin Airport at Search (for) Travel website.
  3. ^ Data from official website
  4. ^ a b c "Lotnisko w Świdniku: Rusza budowa pasa startowego". Kurier Lubelski (in Polish). August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Airport. Wielka przeprowadzka lotniska na... lotnisko". gazeta.pl. November 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lublin Airport: Polecimy nad morze, na Wyspy i do Egiptu". Dziennik Wschodni. March 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Wielki dzień Lublina! - article from www.historia.swidnik.net
  8. ^ 1978 map of Świdnik, showing the factory and adjacent helicopter landing pads. The airfield itself (not marked as such) is in the empty area to the west of the factory buildings
  9. ^ Powstanie WSK article from www.historia.swidnik.net
  10. ^ 1932 map with the old Lublin airfield marked
  11. ^ German military map with old Lublin airfield highlighted
  12. ^ Commission gives go-ahead for finance packages for airports at Lublin and Gdańsk
  13. ^ [1] article from bustler.net, the sister site to the leading architecture platform, Archinect
  14. ^ [2] article from dezeen.com, an online architecture and design magazine
  15. ^ "WIZZ AIR: MAJOR EXPANSION AND 25% GROWTH IN POLAND IN 2015 - Further 2 based aircraft and 5 new routes". Wizz Air. 26 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Figures and Statistics. Lublin Airport.". Lublin Airport. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ [4]
  19. ^ Bus timetable per link from official site

External links[edit]

Media related to Lublin Airport at Wikimedia Commons