Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport

Coordinates: 50°06′36″N 022°01′08″E / 50.11000°N 22.01889°E / 50.11000; 22.01889 (Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport)
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Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport

Port Lotniczy Rzeszów-Jasionka
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorSpolka Port Lotniczy "Rzeszow-Jasionka" sp. z o. o.
ServesRzeszów, Poland, Lviv, Ukraine ( temporarily due to the russian invasion in Ukraine.
Elevation AMSL211 m / 690 ft
Coordinates50°06′36″N 022°01′08″E / 50.11000°N 22.01889°E / 50.11000; 22.01889 (Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport)
Websiterzeszowairport.pl
Map
Rzeszów is located in Subcarpathian Voivodeship
Rzeszów
Rzeszów
Location of airport in Podkarpackie Voivodeship
Rzeszów is located in Poland
Rzeszów
Rzeszów
Rzeszów (Poland)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,200 10,499 Concrete
Statistics (2023)
Passenger volume1,02 mln Increase
Aircraft movements20 947 Increase
Sources: Rzeszów Airport[1]
Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport (IATA: RZE, ICAO: EPRZ) is an international airport located in southeastern Poland, in Jasionka, a village ten kilometres (6.2 mi) from the center of the city of Rzeszów. Not to be confused with the much smaller Rzeszów (EPRJ) airport [pl] used by Rzeszów University of Technology and Rzeszów Aeroclub, it is the eighth-busiest airport in Poland.

History[edit]

Passenger domestic services to Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport began on 30 November 1945 with the opening of the circular domestic airline route number 1/2 Warszawa – Łódź –Kraków – Rzeszów – Lublin – Warszawa. The airport was re-built and opened for commercial traffic in 1949 after the first facilities built in 1940 were destroyed in 1944.

In 1999, the Polish Air Force, which had a presence at Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport since its opening, permanently closed its Rzeszów–Jasionka air base as part of an agreement by the Polish Ministry of Defence.

On 2 June 2007, LOT Polish Airlines commenced seasonal services to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark's Newark Liberty International Airport. Service to JFK has since ceased operations.

As of January 2008, the airport has had scheduled international flights to Dublin and London–Stansted, in addition to its domestic connection with Warsaw.

In 2009–10, it registered an 18.66% increase in passenger traffic serving 451,720 passengers in 2010.[1] Coupled with the September 2006 start of construction on a new passenger terminal, this means that the airport is undergoing a rapid expansion, albeit in fits and starts, owing to delays in setting up the management company and obtaining financing and routes. The new passenger terminal opened in May 2012. Rzeszów Airport has been cited[when?] as an airport with below-forecast passenger numbers and an inefficient usage of EU subsidies.[3] Rzeszow Jasionka Airport, however, underwent an ECA (European Court of Auditors) audit[4] in 2014 and – among 20 other European airports – its marks were positive in terms of efficiency and legitimacy using EU funds on airports' modernization.

During the 2022 Russia-Ukraine war, the airport has been used as a trans-shipment hub for Ukraine's civil, NGO and government supporters to resupply Ukraine and its people with medical aid, weapons and supplies.[5] Weapons and medical supplies are flown to the airport and then driven across the Polish-Ukrainian border in trucks. On 9 March 2022, the United States deployed two MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile systems to the airport in what it called a "precautionary defensive move."[6] On 5 March 2022, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken landed in Rzeszów to meet with Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba in Ukraine. The President of the United States Joe Biden landed on Air Force One in Rzeszów twice, on 25 March 2022 to meet American troops, and on 19 February 2023, on the way to Kyiv. On 22 March 2023, William, Prince of Wales, landed in Rzeszów to meet British and Polish troops.

Ground transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

On 3rd October 2023 a new rail link between the airport and Rzeszów Główny railway station opened, operated by Podkarpacka Kolej Aglomeracyjna.[7] The journey takes 18 minutes and a single ticket costs 3.70 PLN.

Bus[edit]

The following buses connect the airport to the centre of Rzeszów:

MPK

Line 51 from the airport to and from the city centre (Bardowskiego Street)

Line 53 from the airport to and from the city centre (Bardowskiego Street) via the local bus station near Galeria Rzeszów

MKS

Line 224 from the airport to and from the main bus station

Line 225 from the airport to and from the main bus station

The journey takes approximately 20 minutes.

Facilities[edit]

Rzeszów–Jasionka Airport, situated 7.8 km (4+78 mi) north of Rzeszów, features the third-longest runway in Poland: 3,200 m × 45 m (10,500 ft × 150 ft). The airport is therefore capable of handling some of the world's largest aircraft, such as the Antonov An-124 and An-225,[8] Boeing C-17 Globemaster III,[9] Lockheed C-130 Hercules[10] and the Boeing 747.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

AirlinesDestinations
LOT Polish Airlines[12] Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Gdańsk,[13] Milan–Malpensa, Newark[14]
Lufthansa Munich
Ryanair Alicante (begins 3 April 2024),[15] Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester
Seasonal: Zadar
Wizz Air Rome–Fiumicino[16]

Statistics[edit]

Apron view
Terminal interior
Annual passenger traffic at RZE airport. See Wikidata query.
Traffic by calendar year
Passengers Movements
2007 279 996 6 112
2008 323 838 9 662
2009 383 184 8 806
2010 454 203 10 919
2011 491 325 12 357
2012 564 992 12 355
2013 589 920 13 508
2014 601 070 10 656
2015 645 214 13 723
2016 664 068 12 629
2017 693 564 14 274
2018 771 287 18 164
2019 772 238 18 806
2020 235 190 12 918
2021 255 795 13 470
2022 731 141 14 876
2023 1 020 189 20 947
Source: Jasionka w Rzeszowie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statystyki ruchu". Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ "EUROCONTROL". Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  3. ^ Lowe, Christian (14 December 2014). "Special Report: EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports". Reuters.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Special Report EU-funded airport infrastructures: poor value for money" (PDF). Eca.europa.eu. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ Youssef, Matthew Luxmoore, Drew Hinshaw and Nancy A. (8 March 2022). "NATO Members Mount Huge Operation to Resupply Ukrainian Fighters". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 8 March 2022.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Vice President Harris says Patriot anti-missile systems shifted from Germany are now on the ground in Poland". MarketWatch. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Rzeszow airport rail link opened". 3 October 2023.
  8. ^ https://nowiny24.pl/historyczna-chwila-w-jasionce-pod-rzeszowem-an225-mriya-i-an124-ruslan-jednoczesnie-na-plycie-lotniska-zdjecia/ar/c3-15969455
  9. ^ https://nowiny24.pl/na-lotnisko-w-jasionce-dotarl-w-sobote-9-samolot-z-ekipa-ktora-ma-przygotowac-niedzielny-przylot-olbrzymiej-grupy-amerykanskich/ar/c3-16033393
  10. ^ https://nowiny24.pl/na-lotnisko-w-jasionce-dotarl-w-sobote-9-samolot-z-ekipa-ktora-ma-przygotowac-niedzielny-przylot-olbrzymiej-grupy-amerykanskich/ar/c3-16033393
  11. ^ "Joe Biden w Rzeszowie. Zjadł pizzę z amerykańskimi żołnierzami, a potem spotkał się z prezydentem Dudą". 25 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Route map". lot.com.
  13. ^ "Pasazer.com: Latem znów polecimy z Rzeszowa do Gdańska". Pasazer.com.
  14. ^ "LOT Polish Airlines suspends 2 Trans-Atlantic routes in W19". Routes.
  15. ^ "Boeingi Ryanaira polecą z Rzeszowa do Alicante".
  16. ^ "Nowa trasa Wizz Air z Polski. Rzeszów zyskał loty do Rzymu!".

External links[edit]

Media related to Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport at Wikimedia Commons