Poznań–Ławica Airport

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Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport
Port Lotniczy Poznań–Ławica
im. Henryka Wieniawskiego
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Poznań-Ławica (widok na terminal).JPG


Poznań is located in Poland
Location of airport in Poland
Airport type Public
Operator Poznań Ławica Airport Ltd.
Serves Poznań
Location Poznań, Poland
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 94 m / 308 ft
Coordinates 52°25′16″N 016°49′35″E / 52.42111°N 16.82639°E / 52.42111; 16.82639
Website airport-poznan.com.pl
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,504 8,215 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Number of Passengers 1,500,918
Aircraft Movements 21,819
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport (IATA: POZICAO: 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.


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 2001 and can handle up to 1.5 million passengers per year.

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.

On 15 August 2006, a Turkish charter flight from Antalya Airport, Antalya, Turkey to Poznań–Ławica — Sky Airlines SHY335 Boeing 737 — mistakenly landed at 19:50 local time at the Poznań–Krzesiny airfield.[3]

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).[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Cairo Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Athens, Corfu
Enter Air Seasonal:[5] Antalya, Batumi, Dubrovnik, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica
Seasonal charter:[6] Agadir, Bodrum, Burgas, Dalaman, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Izmir, Kos, Málaga, Marsa Alam, Monastir, Sharm el-Sheikh, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Tenerife–South, Varna
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich
Nesma Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Ryanair Alicante (begins 3 November 2016),[7] Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Malta, Moss (ends 29 October 2016), Rome-Ciampino
Seasonal: Corfu, Girona
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal charter: Athens, Heraklion, Kalamata, Kefalonia
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Antalya, Barcelona, Bodrum, Bourgas, Dubrovnik, Chania, Corfu, Dalaman, Izmir
Wizz Air Barcelona,[8] Beauvais, Bergamo, Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Eindhoven, Glasgow, London–Luton, Malmö,[9] Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 10 June 1952, a Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber from 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/radiooperator), 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.[10]

Ground transportation[edit]

Scheduled express bus L leaves from Poznań Central Station every half-hour to Poznań–Ławica Airport via Bałtyk. There is also a line no. 59 that leaves from Bałtyk bus station.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Poznań-Ławica Airport at Wikimedia Commons