Katowice International Airport

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Katowice International Airport

Międzynarodowy Port Lotniczy Katowice
Katowice airport logo.jpg
Terminal A outside.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorGTL Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze
(Upper Silesian Aviation Group)
LocationPyrzowice, Poland
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL304 m / 997 ft
Coordinates50°28′27″N 019°04′48″E / 50.47417°N 19.08000°E / 50.47417; 19.08000 (Katowice International Airport)Coordinates: 50°28′27″N 019°04′48″E / 50.47417°N 19.08000°E / 50.47417; 19.08000 (Katowice International Airport)
KTW is located in Silesian Voivodeship
Location of airport in Poland
KTW is located in Poland
KTW (Poland)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,200 10,499 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Number of passengers3,892,941[2]
Passenger change 16-1721% Increase
Aircraft Movements34,725[2]
Movements change 16-1712% Increase
Cargo (tonnes)17,779[3]
Sources: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[4]
Statistics from Office of Civil Aviation[5]

Katowice International Airport (Polish: Międzynarodowy Port Lotniczy Katowice) (IATA: KTW, ICAO: EPKT) is an international airport, located in Pyrzowice, 30 km (19 mi) north of Katowice, Poland. The airport has the fourth-biggest (second-biggest in Summer Season) passenger flow in Poland. Katowice Airport has the biggest charter passenger flow of the airports in Poland. In August 2017 this airport was the second biggest airport in Poland in passenger flow. It is also second biggest airport in the Country in Cargo traffic. Katowice Airport operates a lot of charter, regular and cargo flights. The airport is an operating base for Enter Air, Ryanair Sun, Smartwings, Travel Service Polska and Wizz Air.


Early years[edit]

The current location of Katowice International Airport was initially used by German soldiers. In 1940, the Luftwaffe began construction of an airbase in the meadows around Pyrzowice. The Germans built three stone and concrete airstrips, with runway lengths varying from 1000 to 1500 meters, all of which around 50 meters wide. The airbase was used for handling of military aircraft flying from the inner part of the German Reich, carrying supplies to troops on the Eastern Front.

In the final phase of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket-powered aircraft were tested here. Following General Ernst Udet's (a Luftwaffe flying ace) death in 1941, the airfield was named "Udetfeld".

From 1945 to 1951, Soviet soldiers were stationed at the airbase. In the early 1950s, the Soviets handed the airbase over to thePolish Air Force. It was then used by the 39th Fighter Regiment, created on April 17th, 1951.

A new runway was built in 1964. Soon after, the airbase Pyrzowice became host to (first ever) regular passenger traffic, when on the 6th of October 1966, the first plane of LOT Polish Airlines took off for Warsaw. By the end of 1969, a small passenger terminal was built (550 m²), together with a taxiway and an apron.

This runway has since been replaced by a new adjacent one, completed in May 2015.

Development since the 1990s[edit]

In 1991, Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotnicze (GTL) (English: Upper Silesian Aviation Group) was created. On March 27th, 1993, the German carrier Lufthansa flew to Frankfurt, thus inaugurating the first international service.

Passenger Terminal B officially opened in 2007, followed by (arrivals only) Terminal C, in 2015.

Future plans include the construction of a completely new passenger terminal, a further expansion of the recently built cargo terminal, as well as a new railway connection.[6]

On the 3 October 2018 the airport celebrated 4 million passengers travelling through Katowice.[7]


Terminals from spotting platform
Terminals A & B during night


The airport features three passenger terminals A, B (departures) and C (arrivals) as well as a cargo terminal. Operations at terminal B, much bigger than A, started on 30 July 2007. Terminals are capable of handling about 3.6 million passengers annually.[8] Terminal A handles all non-Schengen departure flights, while Terminal B handles all Schengen departure flights. The operation of the newest Terminal C building (arrivals) started on June 27, 2015. This terminal handles all arrival flights from non-Schengen such as Schengen. The longest airport observation deck in Poland can be found inside Terminal B. New Terminal D is under planning such as new Cargo Terminal and Cargo City. New Terminal D will be equipped with a jetways etc. There is a chance for Kiss&fly zone and VIP Terminal in future.[9]

Runway and apron[edit]

The airports concrete runway is 3200m by 45m and can accommodate aircraft as large as Boeing 747 or Boeing 777, albeit not at Maximum Takeoff Weight.[10] Heavy transports such as Antonov An-124 or An-225 have been noticed to land there. The airport uses new generation Instrument Landing System - Thales 420.[11] Runway at Katowice International Airport is the second longest runway in Poland. 33 new stand are under building. They will be located between taxiways E and H, to the west from main apron, between main and cargo apron and to the east from cargo apron.

At Katowice International Airport you can find two spotter's platforms. One to the east and one to the west of runway 09/27. It is free and available for everyone who want to take some photos or just see aircraft. Platforms are 2.5m abouve ground.[12]

Air Traffic Control Tower[edit]

The new ATC is under construction. It will be open at the end of 2018. It is the tallest Air Control Tower in Poland and this part of Europe (46 meters height).[13]


A "Moxy by Marriott" hotel has been built recently, and is now ready to accept guests. It is located right next to the main parking entrance (P1), very close to the terminals. A direct bridge connection to the terminals is also planned.[14]

Car Parks[edit]

There are three main car parks at Katowice International Airport. P1, P2 and P3. P1 is the nearest parking connected direct with terminals. P2 is located to the east to P1. P3 is next to P2 and it is guarded car park. There is a lot of private car parks next to the airport.[15] The airport offers 3922 own parking spaces.[16] There is also Premium Parking at Katowice International Airport. P1 will be expanded to 1842 parking spaces by January 2019. It will be expanded to the west.[17]


At the airport you can find two main maintenance buildings. First is serving mainly Wizzair's aircraft, and the modern one belongs to Linetech and serving all other airlines.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Katowice:

Air Cairo Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Air Mediterranean Seasonal charter: Heraklion[18]
Astra Airlines Seasonal charter: Chios,[19] Mytilene[20]
Bul Air Seasonal charter: Burgas,[21] Varna[21]
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas,[22][23] Varna[23]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya[19]
Ellinair Seasonal: Heraklion[24]
Enter Air Charter: Antalya,[21][19] Fuerteventura,[21] Gran Canaria,[21][19] Hurghada,[21] Lanzarote,[21] Marsa Alam,[21][19] Ras Al Khaimah,[21] Sal,[19] Sharm El Sheikh,[21][19] Tenerife-South[21][19]
Seasonal charter: Agadir,[21][19] Almería,[18] Athens (begins 3 June 2019),[21] Barcelona (begins 8 June 2019),[21] Bodrum,[21][19] Burgas,[21][19] Catania,[21] Colombo,[19] Corfu,[19] Dalaman (begins 29 April 2019),[22] Djerba,[21][19] Enfidha,[21] Faro,[21][19] Funchal,[21][19] Heraklion,[21] Ibiza,[21] Izmir,[21] Kavala (begins 4 June 2019),[19] Kos,[18] Lamezia Terme,[18] Larnaca,[18] Málaga,[21][19] Menorca,[21] Mombasa,[21] Palma de Mallorca,[21][19] Podgorica,[18] Reus,[18] Rhodes,[21] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion,[25] Thessaloniki,[18] Tirana,[19] Tivat,[21] Varna,[21] Zakynthos[21]
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada[18]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal: Turin (begins 29 December 2018)[26]
Seasonal charter: Antalya[27]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich[28]
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba,[18][29] Monastir[29]
Onur Air Charter: Antalya[22]
Seasonal charter: Bodrum,[18][22] Gazipaşa[22]
Ryanair Athens,[30] Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh,[30] London-Stansted, Milan-Malpensa[30]
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Antalya,[21] Chania,[21] Heraklion,[21] Izmir (begins 11 June 2019),[21] Kos,[21] Larnaca,[21] Palma de Mallorca,[21] Paphos,[21] Rhodes,[21] Tirana,[21] Varna,[21] Zakynthos[21]
SmartWings Seasonal charter: Burgas,[19] Dubrovnik,[18] Heraklion,[18] Rhodes,[19] Split,[19] Thessaloniki,[18] Varna[19]
SunExpress Antalya[31]
Seasonal: Izmir (begins 4 June 2019)[31]
Transavia Amsterdam
Travel Service Polska Charter: Hurghada,[21] Marsa Alam,[21] Sal,[19] Sharm El Sheikh[19]
Seasonal charter: Alicante,[19] Antalya,[19] Athens,[19] Barcelona,[19] Bodrum,[21][19] Chania,[19] Corfu,[19] Dalaman,[19] Enfidha,[19] Faro,[18] Fuerteventura,[19] Girona,[18] Izmir,[19] Kavala,[19] Lamezia Terme,[19] Lanzarote,[19] Málaga,[18] Monastir,[18] Mytilene,[19] Palma de Mallorca,[19] Paphos,[19] Ras Al Khaimah,[19] Salalah,[19] Samos,[19] Taba,[19][32] Tirana,[19] Zakynthos,[19][18] Zanzibar[19]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Punta Cana[21][19]
Wizz Air Athens,[33] Barcelona, Bergen,[34] Bristol, Catania,[35] Cologne/Bonn, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Dubai-Al Maktoum,[36] Eindhoven, Kharkiv,[37] Kyiv-Zhuliany, Kutaisi,[38] Larnaca,[39] Liverpool,[40] London-Luton, Lviv,[37] Malmö, Malta,[35] Milan-Bergamo, Sandefjord, Reykjavík-Keflavík,[35] Rome-Ciampino, Stavanger,[41] Stockholm-Skavsta, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion,[42] Tenerife-South[43]
Seasonal: Alghero,[44] Bari,[45] Bologna, Burgas, Glasgow, Faro,[46] Lisbon,[35] Málaga,[46] Naples,[39] Podgorica,[46] Porto,[46] Split[47]


ASL Airlines Ireland Cologne/Bonn,[48] Paris-Charles de Gaulle,[48] Stuttgart[48]
Bluebird Nordic Liège,[48] Warsaw-Chopin[48]
Cargoair Leipzig/Halle,[48] Liège,[48] Venice[49][50]
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle
Farnair Europe Cologne/Bonn[48]
West Atlantic Leipzig/Halle,[48] Oslo-Gardermoen[48][51]


Terminal B seen from Car Park P1
Wing view before departure with Terminal B
Terminal A seen from Car Park 1
View from spotter's platform for runway 09
Katowice International Airport's weather radar
Terminal B interior

Passenger figures[edit]

Year[52] Passengers Air operations Cargo (tonnes)
1996 Increase 68,203 Increase 3,586 Increase 596
1997 Increase 101,054 Increase 4,290 Increase 1,241
1998 Increase 150,724 Increase 6,256 Increase 1,365
1999 Increase 170,230 Increase 6,510 Increase 1,522
2000 Decrease 168,126 Increase 8,710 Increase 7,745
2001 Increase 180,015 Increase 9,441 Decrease 2,196
2002 Increase 202,267 Decrease 8,389 Increase 2,886
2003 Increase 257,991 Increase 9,375 Increase 3,548
2004 Increase 622,612 Increase 13,803 Increase 5,038
2005 Increase 1,092,358 Increase 16,222 Increase 5,636
2006 Increase 1,458,411 Increase 21,014 Increase 6,113
2007 Increase 1,995,914 Increase 24,489 Increase 7,795
2008 Increase 2,426,942 Increase 27,030 Increase 12,703
2009 Decrease 2,364,613 Decrease 26,206 Decrease 6,543
2010 Increase 2,403,253 Increase 26,770 Increase 11,195
2011 Increase 2,544,124 Increase 29,259 Increase 12,138
2012 Increase 2,550,848 Increase 30,584 Decrease 10,546
2013 Increase 2,554,198 Decrease 28,990 Increase 10,877
2014 Increase 2,695,732 Decrease 28,771 Increase 16,269
2015 Increase 3,069,279 Increase 31,727 Decrease 16,119
2016 Increase 3,221,261 Decrease 31,013 Increase 17,674
2017 Increase 3,892,941 Increase 34,725 Increase 17,779
January-September 2018 Increase 3,977,892 Increase 32,790 Increase 12,283

Ground transportation[edit]

By car[edit]

The airport is accessible to/from Katowice and other cities of the region like Częstochowa, Kraków, Opole, Gliwice, Kielce, Oświęcim, Tychy via Expressway S1, national road 86, A4 motorway, national road 94, national road 78 and A1 motorway. The airport also serves taxi corporations, Uber and iTaxi. The airport offers 3922 own parking spaces.[16] There is also Premium Parking at Katowice International Airport. There are car rentals at the airport.[53]

By bus[edit]

  • There is an hourly bus service between Katowice city centre and the airport. The bus leaves from Katowice Main Railway Station and stops near Altus Building, Novotel Katowice and in Sosnowiec (Milowice Shopping Center).[54] It takes approximately 50 minutes to get from center of Katowice to the airport. Bus connections from other largest cities of the region, such as Kraków (about 75 minutes travel),[55] Częstochowa[56] and minibus - inter alia from/to Opole,[57][58] Wrocław[57][58] are also available. Local buses connect to the city of Bytom where one can change for bus to Katowice.
  • Since 2018 there are three new bus lines to Airport direct from Katowice, Tychy, Gliwice, Zabrze, Chorzów, Sosnowiec, Będzin, Piekary Śląskie, Siemianowice Śląskie, Mikołów. Bus is leaving airport every 20 minutes. You are able to get to and from the airport to every city in GOP with this ticket (some connections with a free transit).[59] Ride from airport to Katowice City Centre with this bus takes about 1H.
  • You are also able to get from Katowice International Airport to Katowice, Kraków, Częstochowa, Chorzów and Bytom with Flixbus.[60][61]
  • There is also Matuszek bus corporation. You can get with them from Katowice Airport to Katowice city centre and Kraków city centre.[62]
  • You can ride from the airport to Kraków and Częstochowa with P-Air PyrzowiceEkspres.pl (official WizzAir's carrier).[62]
  • Leo Express can take you to Ostrava, Rybnik, Gliwice and Bohumín direct from the airport.[62]

Bus stops are next to Terminal C and Terminal B. They are about 10 metres from Terminal entrance. (Entrances to terminals B and C are 5 meters apart)

By rail[edit]

There is currently no passenger rail link to airport but building of a railway between Katowice and the airport is being planned. There will be new railways from Siewierz and Tarnowskie Góry to Katowice International Airport.[63]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 27 October 2007, a Boeing 737-800 chartered by the UN destroyed dozens of approach and landing lights whilst making a low approach.[64] No passengers were injured, but the approach lights were out of service for three weeks.
  • On 12 March 2013, Travel Service Flight 7137, a Boeing 737, overran the runway while landing in snowy weather just before 19:00, its nosewheel getting stuck approximately 3 feet deep into the soft ground 20 metres beyond the runway. None of 176 passengers and 6 crew suffered any injuries, but the airport was closed until 17:00 the next day until the aircraft was recovered and taxied away.[65]
  • On 5 July 2014 Lufthansa Flight 1360, operated by Lufthansa Cityline landed on a new runway under construction. None of the passengers were hurt, and the aircraft later made a technical flight to land on the correct runway, as the runway being built had yet no taxiway connections to apron.[66]

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External links[edit]

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