Port Lotniczy Lublin
|IATA: LUZ – ICAO: EPLB
|Elevation AMSL||661 ft / 203 m|
|6/24||1,200||3,937||Grass (dug out)|
Lublin Airport (Port Lotniczy Lublin) is an airport in Poland serving Lublin and the surrounding region. The site is located about 10 km (6.2 miles) east of downtown Lublin, adjacent to the town of Świdnik. The airport has a 2520 x (45 + 2 x 7,5) m runway, and the terminal facilities are capable of handling 4 Boeing 737-800 class aircraft simultaneously. Construction began in the fall of 2010 and the official opening took place on December 17, 2012. The new airport replaced the grass airstrip (1200 x 50 m) which served the PZL-Świdnik helicopter factory and was known as Świdnik Airport with the ICAO identifier EPSW. Lublin Airport ICAO identifier is EPLB.
The construction of the Świdnik airfield began in 1935 and it was officially opened on June 4, 1939. 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 WWII 
In 1949 the Polish government made a decision to build an aviation factory in Świdnik, located next to the airfield. It assembled its first helicopters in 1956, with full scale production beginning in 1957.
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, 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 
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 financing backing from the European Union. 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). 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. The contract to build the runway was signed in August, 2011, with completion in late 2012. Operations commenced on December 17, 2012 with a Category I instrument landing system. The realization of this project will likely be beneficial to the region.
Airlines and destinations 
|EuroLOT||Seasonal: Gdańsk (begins 21 June 2013)|
|Ryanair||Dublin, Liverpool, London-Stansted|
|Wizz Air||London-Luton, Oslo-Torp|
Passenger statistics 
|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|
Public transport 
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. Ticket costs 5,3 PLN (~1,3€). 
As of early 2013, no regularly scheduled buses appear to operate between Lublin and the airport. The official website indicates that service will commence in mid-2013 with a bus-stop located in vicinity of the Lublin Castle.
The airport will be located close to Expressway S17 currently under construction. The section running by the airport is scheduled to be completed in 2013. A dedicated access road for the airport will also be opened in 2013.
See also 
- Passenger data as reported on pasazer.com
- Data from official website
- "Lotnisko w Świdniku: Rusza budowa pasa startowego". Kurier Lubelski (in Polish). August 8, 2011.
- "Airport. Wielka przeprowadzka lotniska na... lotnisko". gazeta.pl. November 20, 2012.
- "Lublin Airport: Polecimy nad morze, na Wyspy i do Egiptu". Dziennik Wschodni. March 10, 2912.
- Wielki dzień Lublina! - article from www.historia.swidnik.net
- 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
- Powstanie WSK article from www.historia.swidnik.net
- 1932 map with the old Lublin airfield marked
- German military map with old Lublin airfield highlighted
-  article from bustler.net, the sister site to the leading architecture platform, Archinect
-  article from dezeen.com, an online architecture and design magazine
- Bus timetable per link from official site
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