Košice International Airport

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Košice International Airport

Medzinárodné letisko Košice
LZKZ logo.png
Kosice (KSC - LZKZ) AN2006029.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorLetisko Košice - Airport Košice, a.s.
ServesKošice, Slovakia
Elevation AMSL755 ft / 230 m
Coordinates48°39′47″N 021°14′28″E / 48.66306°N 21.24111°E / 48.66306; 21.24111
KSC is located in Slovakia
Location of airport in Slovakia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,100 10,171 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Increase3%
Source: "Kosice International Airport statistics".

Košice International Airport (Slovak: Medzinárodné letisko Košice) (IATA: KSC, ICAO: LZKZ) is an international airport serving Košice, Slovakia. It is the second largest international airport in Slovakia. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) to the south of St Elisabeth Cathedral, 230 m (750 ft) above sea level, covering an area of 3.50 km2 (1.35 sq mi). It serves both scheduled and charter, domestic and international flights. Airport capacity is currently 800,000 passengers a year.[2]


Construction of today's airport began in 1950 near the suburb of Barca. In 1954 construction began on the first part of the new passenger terminal, hangar and new control tower. In 1955 direct flights began between Košice and Prague. The power supply was enhanced by more powerful transformers in 1962. Increasing traffic required a larger passenger terminal by the mid 1960s. The foundation of the SNP Air Force Academy in 1973 strengthened aviation in the then republic of Czechoslovakia. Between 1974 and 1977 the runway was increased by 1,100 m (3,600 ft), the power supply rebuilt and a lighting system installed to meet CAT II ICAO specifications. Military aviation at the airport stopped in 2004.

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air opened new base at the Košice Airport in June 2015 together with the launch of new routes to Doncaster and Milan-Bergamo.[3] During the years of base operation there were different services to Bristol,[4] Cologne/Bonn[5] and Tel Aviv.[6] Wizz Air shut down its base in May 2018.[7]

In January 2019, the only domestic route of Slovakia, between Bratislava and Košice, was closed down by Czech Airlines.[8]


The total area of Terminal 1 is 4,456 m2 (47,960 sq ft), of which more than 3,500 m2 (38,000 sq ft) is designed for the travelling public. Facilities include international and domestic departure and domestic gates, aviation and travel agencies, a nursery, a quiet room, and comfortable business lounge. There are also restaurants, car rental booths and small shops.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines serve scheduled and seasonal services to and from Košice Airport:[9]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes
AirExplore Seasonal charter: Larnaca[10]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Eurowings Düsseldorf
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Ryanair Liverpool, London–Stansted, Prague, Warsaw–Modlin (begins 1 June 2021)[11]
Wizz Air Doncaster/Sheffield, London–Luton


Aerial view of Košice Airport

Passenger throughput and operations since 2000:

Year Passengers Change Cargo (tonnes)
2000 125,844 277
2001 138,083 +9.7% 500
2002 161,827 +17.2% 257
2003 187,716 +16.0% 322
2004 231,410 +23.3% 368
2005 269,885 +16.6% 448
2006 343,818 +27.4% 323
2007 443,448 +29.0% 264
2008 590,919 +33.3% 457
2009 352,460 −40.4% 446
2010 266,858 −24.3%
2011 266,143 −0.3%
2012 235,754 −11.4%
2013 237,165 +0.6%
2014 356,750 +50.4%
2015 410,400 +15.0%
2016 436,696 +6.4% 88
2017 496,708 +13.7% 106
2018 542,026[12] +9.1% 65
2019 558,064[13] +3.0% 38
91,765[14] -82.7% 5
Busiest routes to and from Košice Airport (Winter 2019/2020)
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport
Austrian Airlines
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague
Czech Airlines
Poland Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport
LOT Polish Airlines
United Kingdom London London Luton Airport
Wizz Air UK
Germany Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Busiest charter routes to and from Košice Airport (summer 2018)[12]
Destionation Number of passengers Airlines
Turkey Antalya 44,990
Travel Service Slovakia
Bulgaria Burgas 28,440
Bulgarian Air Charter,
Travel Service Slovakia
Egypt Hurghada 15,508
Nesma Airlines,
Travel Service Slovakia


1.^ Six of these flights have layover in Budapest.


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