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Warsaw Modlin Airport
Port Lotniczy Warszawa/Modlin
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WMI is located in Poland
Location of airport in Poland
Airport type Public
Owner Mazowiecki Port Lotniczy Warszawa-Modlin Sp. z o.o.
Serves Warsaw, Poland
Location Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki
Focus city for Ryanair
Elevation AMSL 104 m / 341 ft
Coordinates 52°27′04″N 020°39′06″E / 52.45111°N 20.65167°E / 52.45111; 20.65167Coordinates: 52°27′04″N 020°39′06″E / 52.45111°N 20.65167°E / 52.45111; 20.65167
Website modlinairport.pl
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,588,175
Passenger change 14-15 Increase52%
Movements 16,280
Movements change 14-15 Increase46%

Warsaw Modlin Airport (IATA: WMIICAO: EPMO) is an international airport, formerly a disused military airfield, which opened in July 2012.[1] It is located 40 km (25 miles) north of Warsaw's city centre in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki and has a maximum capacity of approx. 2-2.3 million passengers a year. The airport is intended to be used by low-cost carriers serving Warsaw, the capital of Poland. As of 2015, the airport is the 5th busiest airport in Poland[2] with 2.588.175 passengers currently exclusively served by Ryanair.[3] The main international airport of the city however is Warsaw Chopin Airport.


Earlier usage[edit]

Departure gate area

Originally designed for military use in the Second Polish Republic in 1937, it was not opened by Polish authorities. Instead, it was made operational during World War II in 1940 as an airbase by the German Luftwaffe in occupied Poland. Postwar, between 1945 and 2000 it was used by Polish and Soviet air forces. In 2000 the Polish Ministry of National Defence declared the airfield closed.[4] The airport's runway was in poor condition and lacked proper lighting and modern radio navigation aids such as an Instrument Landing System.


Subsequently, much of its original area was made available as capital in a joint management limited liability company created to run the future airport, Port Lotniczy Mazowsze Warszawa-Modlin Sp. z o.o. The airport was converted for civilian use, primarily as a replacement for the now closed Etiuda terminal for low-cost carriers at Warsaw's main airport, this idea emerged in the early 2000s.[5] Numerous projected opening dates had slipped,[6] and business plans with extensive infrastructure improvements, including a new passenger terminal, had been proposed without any actual progress in the construction for some time. An environmental assessment was completed as well.[7] A schedule, announced in February 2008[8][9] had the airport opening for business in early 2010. On 8 February 2010, the airport was registered officially as a civil airport by the Polish Aviation Authority (Urząd Lotnictwa Cywilnego).[10]

In September 2009 it was announced[11] that tenders were being accepted and funding had been secured from the EU for an opening in 2011, in time for the Euro 2012 Football Tournament. Construction works finally began in October 2010 and were expected to be completed before Euro 2012;[12] however the deadline was not met and instead the airport began to operate in July 2012.

A new 5 km rail spur branching off from the existing Warsaw–Gdynia line will be built with an underground station at the airport, theoretically providing a 30-minute commute to Warsaw centre.

Although the first aircraft was meant to depart Modlin on 16 July 2012, the airport was officially inaugurated the day before, and the first passenger flight from Budapest arrived at the airport around 17:30.[13] Low-cost-airlines Wizz Air and Ryanair started to use the airport as bases.

Struggle and growth[edit]

On 22 December 2012 it was announced that the runway at the airport would be closed to larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 indefinitely for safety reasons. Ryanair confirmed on the day of the runway closure it would divert all aircraft to Warsaw-Chopin Airport until the runway was repaired. Wizz Air also confirmed that it would route its flights to Chopin Airport until Modlin re-opened. The official re-opening took place over six months later on 4 July 2013 after construction works to fix the runway had been completed. On 17 July 2013, Wizz Air announced it would not return to Modlin despite its re-opening, but stay at Warsaw-Chopin Airport instead. Ryanair returned to Modlin on 30 September 2013 and since added more routes to its initial schedule.[14]

On 19 September 2013 the Category I Instrument Landing System was officially ready for use. At the same time tests began for the Category II Instrument Landing System which was ready for use by 1 May 2014.

In October 2015, the airport welcomed its 5th millionth passenger overall.[15] In December of the same year, an airport lounge was inaugurated.[16]

Since the inauguration of the new airport, its currently only user Ryanair increased the network served from Modlin to 35 destinations by April 2016.[17]



The airport features a new, one-storey passenger terminal building containing all departures and arrivals facilities as well as some shops. The apron features stands for 10 aircraft, as there are no jet-bridges, bus and walk boarding is used.[18]


The airport has one asphalt runway 2,500 m long and 60 m wide at an elevation of 104 m[19] which also features a parallel taxiway on its entire length.[18]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Modlin:[20]

Airlines Destinations
Ryanair Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Beauvais, Belfast-International (begins 2 November 2016),[21] Bergamo, Birmingham (begins 31 October 2016),[22] Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 30 October 2016),[23] Eindhoven, Faro (begins 27 March 2017), Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Glasgow, Gran Canaria, Leeds/Bradford (begins 30 October 2016),[24] Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Moss (ends 29 October 2016), Newcastle (begins 1 November 2016),[25] Porto (begins 2 November 2016), Rome–Ciampino, Sandefjord (begins 1 November 2016), Shannon, Stockholm–Skavsta, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Toulouse (begins 1 November 2016),[26] Valencia (begins 31 October 2016),[27]
Seasonal: Chania, Corfu, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Trapani


The former airbase photographed from the air in December 1961
Traffic by calendar year
Passengers Change Movements
2012 857,481 6,379
2013 344,476 Decrease059.8% 2,426
2014 1,703,219 Increase0394.4% 11,135
2015[28] 2,588,175 Increase052% 16,280



The airport is located 35 km north-west of Warsaw near national road 62, which is connected to motorway S7 that leads to Warsaw city center and Gdansk. Taxis and car rental agencies are available at the terminal.[29]


Two coach operators, ModlinBus and OKbus, provide services from the airport to Warsaw and Łódź and the towns of Biała Podlaska, Toruń, Ciechocinek, Włocławek, and Płock several times a day.[29]


The airport itself does not have a railway station, however there are frequent shuttle bus services to the railway station in Modlin, where local trains depart to Warsaw up to 40 times a day. Some of these services run via Warsaw Central station to Warsaw Chopin Airport while others terminate at Warsaw West station. In the other direction, most services terminate at Modlin while some continue to Działdowo.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Modlin airport for Euro 2012". Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  2. ^ http://en.modlinairport.pl/modlin-en-new/web/airport/news/another-record-behind-us.html
  3. ^ http://en.modlinairport.pl/modlin-en-new/web/passenger/airlines/ryanair.html
  4. ^ "History of Modlin Aerodrome". Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  5. ^ "Dec. 2004: The new airport could open as early as June 2005". Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  6. ^ "Jan, 2007: The new airport in Modlin was once scheduled to open in October 2008". Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  7. ^ Krzysztof Smietana, "Z Modlina polecimy dopiero w 2010 roku", Gazeta.pl, 21 December 2007. Link accessed 2008-03-06. (Polish)
  8. ^ "Feb 2008: Modlin airport expected to start operating in 1Q2010" (in Polish). Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  9. ^ ""Flying in to Modlin" in Polish Market Online". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Warsaw Modlin Airport". modlinairport.pl. 
  11. ^ "Warsaw to have second airport". Polish Market Online. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  12. ^ "Works at Modlin airport get under way". Polskie Radio. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  13. ^ (Polish) Pierwsze lądowanie na lotnisku w Modlinie!
  14. ^ http://www.thenews.pl/1/12/Artykul/148572,Flights-finally-resume-at-Modlin-Airport
  15. ^ http://en.modlinairport.pl/modlin-en-new/web/airport/news/there-are-5-million-of-us.html
  16. ^ http://en.modlinairport.pl/modlin-en-new/web/airport/news/warsaw-modlin-airport-the-airport-that-flies-high.html
  17. ^ modlinairport.pl - Even more Ryanair in Modlin 1 April 2016
  18. ^ a b http://en.modlinairport.pl/modlin-en-new/web/airport/infrastructure/airport-plan.html
  19. ^ "World Aeronautical Database". Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  20. ^ modlinairport.pl - Network map retrieved 10 July 2016
  21. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2016/04/28/fr-poland-w16/
  22. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2016/04/28/fr-poland-w16/
  23. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2016/04/28/fr-poland-w16/
  24. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2016/04/28/fr-poland-w16/
  25. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2016/04/28/fr-poland-w16/
  26. ^ "Ryanair Opens Toulouse Service from Nov 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  27. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2016/04/28/fr-poland-w16/
  28. ^ http://en.modlinairport.pl/modlin-en-new/web/airport/news/the-year-2015-belonged-to-modlin.html
  29. ^ a b c modlinairport.pl - Access retrieved 13 August 2016

External links[edit]

Media related to Warsaw–Modlin Mazovia Airport at Wikimedia Commons