Poznań–Ławica Airport

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Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport

Port Lotniczy Poznań–Ławica
im. Henryka Wieniawskiego
Poznan airport logo.jpg
Poznań-Ławica (widok na terminal).JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorPoznań Ławica Airport Ltd.
ServesPoznań
LocationPoznań, Poland
Elevation AMSL94 m / 308 ft
Coordinates52°25′16″N 016°49′35″E / 52.42111°N 16.82639°E / 52.42111; 16.82639
Websiteairport-poznan.com.pl
Map
Poznań is located in Poland
Poznań
Poznań
Location of airport in Poland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,504 8,215 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Number of Passengers2,476,304
Aircraft Movements24,391
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport (IATA: POZ, ICAO: EPPO), built in 1913, is one of the oldest airports in Poland. It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) west[1] of Poznań city centre. It takes its name from the neighborhood of Ławica, part of the city's Grunwald district while the airport actually lies in the Jeżyce district.

Synopsis[edit]

Check-in hall

The northern section has been used as a military airport since its inception in 1913 as an Imperial German airbase till 23 December 2009.[2] The southern section is used for civilian purposes. The prospect of relocating the airport elsewhere is often raised as a result of the flight path to the runway being located directly over the city.

The airport caters for international, domestic and cargo flights and general aviation. A new terminal was opened in 2012 and can handle up to 3.5 million passengers per year. [3]

Confusion with Poznań–Krzesiny military airport[edit]

Poznań–Ławica airport has been confused by pilots with a nearby airbase, Poznań–Krzesiny Airbase (ICAO code: EPKS), which also has a 2,500 m (8,200 ft) runway. The runways are at approximately the same orientation: Ławica's is 11/29 (true heading: 108/288) and Krzesiny's is 12/30 (true heading: 117.9/297.9). The two runways lie in a nearly straight line, with Krzesiny coming up first on approaches from the east, the ones used most often. On the other hand, the Krzesiny airbase has two runways and lies southeast from the city centre, while Poznań–Ławica lies just west of it.

One notable incident involving confusion between Ławica and Krzesiny happened on August 15th, 2006. What happened was that a Sky Airlines aircraft - a Boeing 737-800 that operated the flight SKY335 - mistook the runway at Krzesiny for the one being used in Ławica. It was only later that the pilot was notified of his error, and later took off from Krzesiny to Ławica on a repositioning flight.[4]

According to Krzysztof Krawcewicz, a pilot and the editor-in-chief of the Polish monthly Przegląd Lotniczy/Aviation Revue, this was at least the seventh mistaken aircraft that landed at the Poznań–Krzesiny airfield in 2006 alone. He faults, among others, the "scandalous procedures which are in use by the air traffic control at Poznań–Ławica" and the lack of radar use in controlling aircraft landing, which exists, but has been turned off by the Polish Air Traffic Agency (Agencja Ruchu Lotniczego).[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas[6]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya[7]
Enter Air Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Catania, Palma de Mallorca
Charter: Antalya,[8] Hurghada,[8] Marsa Alam,[8]
Seasonal charter: Agadir,[9] Athens,[9] Burgas,[6] Catania,[8] Djerba,[8] Dubrovnik,[10] Faro,[8] Funchal,[8] Girona,[6] Gran Canaria,[8] Izmir,[9] Kos,[8] Lamezia Terme,[8] Málaga,[8] Podgorica,[10] Rhodes,[9] Tirana,[8] Tivat,[9] Varna,[8] Zakynthos[8]
LOT Polish Airlines Lviv,[11] Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Monastir[10]
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya,[6] Bodrum[6]
Ryanair Alicante, Beauvais (begins 31 October 2019),[12] Bergamo, Bristol, Budapest (begins 28 October 2019),[12] Cork,[13] Dublin, Edinburgh, Kharkiv (begins 31 October 2019),[12] Kiev–Boryspil, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Malta, Odessa (begins 30 October 2019),[12] Rome–Ciampino, Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta, Tel Aviv[14]
Seasonal: Athens, Billund, Corfu, Girona, Zadar
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Barcelona,[9] Burgas,[9] Chania,[9] Heraklion,[9] Kos,[9] Paphos,[9] Patras,[9] Rhodes,[9] Tirana,[15] Varna[9]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Bodrum,[8] Chania,[8] Corfu,[8] Dalaman,[8] Heraklion,[8] Izmir,[8] Olbia,[8] Paphos,[8] Varna,[8] Zakynthos[8]
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Punta Cana[8]
Wizz Air Beauvais, Birmingham,[16][17] Doncaster/Sheffield, Eindhoven, Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi,[16] London–Luton, Sandefjord

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 10 June 1952, a Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber from the 21st Reconnaissance Regiment took off from Ławica air base for a training flight, but crashed shortly thereafter near the Warta river as a result of engine failure. The crash killed the bomber's crew: chorąży Zdzisław Lara (pilot), chorąży Stanisław Kuć (navigator) and corporal Józef Bednarek (rear gunner/radio operator), as well as six civilians on the ground. Due to the fact that the aircraft was made in the Soviet Union, the crash was covered up by the Communist authorities and the official reports put the blame on the pilot instead of equipment. In 2008, a monument was unveiled at the crash site.[18]

Public ground transportation[edit]

Poznań transit (MPK Poznań) lines number 159 and 242 stop at the arrival area of the airport and provide a connection to Poznań Główny railway station. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes. There is also a bus stop for 148 nearby.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Wojskowe tereny wokół lotniska przejął samorząd". Epoznan.pl. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ Emilia Derewienko, "Rekordowy lipiec na lotnisku w Poznaniu", Rynek Lotniczy, 14.08.2018
  4. ^ "Wyborcza.pl". Wiadomosci.gazeta.pl. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Wyborcza.pl". Miasta.gazeta.pl. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Coral Travel". coraltravel.pl.
  7. ^ "Flights to Antalya". corendonairlines.com.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Charter flights". tui.pl.
  10. ^ a b c "Charter flights". charterflights.r.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  11. ^ Jim, Liu (11 May 2017). "LOT adds Poznan – Lviv service from June 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d Liu, Jim (7 October 2019). "Ryanair W19 Network changes summary as of 04OCT19". routesonline.com.
  13. ^ "Ryanair To Launch Poznan Service From Cork Airport". Cork Airport. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routesonline.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  15. ^ https://www.tui.pl/tanie-bilety-lotnicze?pm_source=MENU&pm_name=Bilety_czarterowe
  16. ^ a b Liu, Jim (5 July 2019). "Wizz Air expands Poznan network from mid-Sep 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.rp.pl/Linie-lotnicze-i-lotniska/306269958-Wizz-Air-polaczy-Poznan-z-Gruzja.html
  18. ^ Semczuk, Przemysław Zatajone katastrofy PRL-u (Secret Disasters of Communist Poland), Ringier Axel Springer Polska, Warsaw 2011; chapter Kula ognia (Fireball), p. 13-21
  19. ^ "How to get to the city center?". Poznań Airport.

External links[edit]

Media related to Poznań-Ławica Airport at Wikimedia Commons