Copernicus Airport Wrocław

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Copernicus Airport Wrocław
Port Lotniczy Wrocław
im. Mikołaja Kopernika
Copernicus Airport Wrocław logo.png
Terminal T2 we Wrocławiu.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Wrocław Airport Company
Serves Wrocław, Poland
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates 51°06′34″N 016°52′49″E / 51.10944°N 16.88028°E / 51.10944; 16.88028Coordinates: 51°06′34″N 016°52′49″E / 51.10944°N 16.88028°E / 51.10944; 16.88028
Website airport.wroclaw.pl
Map
EPWR is located in Poland
EPWR
EPWR
Location in Poland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,500 8,202 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Number of Passengers 2,855,071 Increase
Aircraft Movements 27,737 Increase
Source: polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Wrocław–Copernicus Airport (Polish: Port Lotniczy Wrocław im. Mikołaja Kopernika formerly German: Flugplatz Breslau-Schöngarten) (IATA: WROICAO: EPWR) is an international commercial airport in Wrocław in southwestern Poland. The airport is located 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of the city centre. It has one runway, two passenger terminals and one cargo terminal.

History[edit]

The airport was built in 1938 as Flugplatz Breslau-Schöngarten Airport for German military purposes before World War II, when the city was still part of Germany.[2] It was operated briefly by Soviet forces following the war before being used for civilian purposes in 1945. Services were operated to Warsaw, Łódź, Poznań and Katowice. By 1992 destinations also included Kraków, Rzeszów, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Koszalin.

'Port Lotniczy Wrocław S. A.' was established as a company in January 1992 and Wrocław airport assets operated by the state owned Polish Airports authority were transferred to the company in January 1993.[citation needed]

The first international flights were inaugurated in January 1993, serving Frankfurt, Germany. Significant airport improvements have been completed in the late twentieth century. A new international departures terminal was opened in May 1997 followed by a new domestic terminal in November 1998.[citation needed] A cargo terminal, international arrivals hall, and installation of a new meteorological system were completed in 1999; new fire station and apron extensions in 2000.[citation needed]

New air traffic control tower and duty-free area in 2001.

On December 6, 2005 the airport was renamed after the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (in Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik), who in Wrocław studied and received a scholarship, and in the years 1503-1538 was scholastic Wrocław Collegiate Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew on the Cathedral Island. The airport's new name is Copernicus Airport Wrocław (Port Lotniczy Wrocław im. Mikołaja Kopernika). Terminal extensions were officially opened on the same day, increasing the airport's capacity to 750,000 passengers per year. This capacity was quickly exceeded by several hundred thousand (in the first 9 months of 2007 the airport served 972,505 passengers) so the existing terminal space was expanded by 1,900 m2 (20,451 sq ft) to alleviate some of the congestion, but more importantly make the terminal facilities conform to the requirements of the Schengen Agreement, which was implemented at Poland's airports on 31 March 2008.

On 19 July 2006, the architectural firm JSK was chosen to design a significant airport expansion. This includes plans for a new passenger terminal (eventually, after several stages of expansion, the airport will be able to handle 7 million passengers yearly) and assorted taxiway, apron and navigation equipment improvements (ILS). Also, car parking will be expanded to 1,000 spaces. The first stage, increasing the passenger capacity to 3,5 million yearly, officially opened on February 29, 2012. However, the new terminal opened to passengers on Sunday March 11, 2012. in 2015 Ryanair announced that it has selected Copernicus Airport Wrocław (Port Lotniczy Wrocław im. Mikołaja Kopernika) for its aircraft maintenance base. The construction of the hangar to fit C-type aircraft (Boeing 737) is underway. The airport has upgraded to ILS system from category I to category II in April 2016.

Awards[edit]

The readers of "Business Traveler Poland" vote on the "Business Traveler Award" recognized airport in Wrocław best regional airport in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Wrocław Airport is among the elite of the best airports in Europe in 2016, 23rd among all European airports, and among European regional airports 3.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The airport operates modern domestic, international and cargo terminals. The international terminal contains a duty free area in the international departures hall. The cargo terminal, located beside the fire station and air traffic control tower, west of the passenger terminals, has a storage area of 3,300 m2 (36,000 sq ft), a bonded warehouse, freezer and radioactive materials warehouse.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Corfu, Rhodes
Air Cairo Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins 26 May 2017)[4]
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Burgas
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Enter Air[5] Seasonal charter: Agadir, Antalya, Barcelona, Bodrum, Burgas, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kalamata, Kos, Málaga, Marsa Alam, Monastir, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Sharm el-Sheikh, Varna, Zakynthos, Zanzibar
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stuttgart (begins 25 March 2018)
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Lufthansa Regional Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Enfidha, Monastir
Ryanair Beauvais, Belfast–International, Bergamo, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Leeds/Bradford, Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle, Palermo, Rome–Ciampino, Sandefjord, Shannon, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Alicante, Athens (begins 11 May 2018),[6] Chania, Faro (begins summer 2018), Girona, Glasgow, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica (begins summer 2018), Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Small Planet Airlines Poland Seasonal charter: Agadir, Burgas, Corfu, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Rijeka, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Djerba (begins 14 June 2018),[7] Fuerteventura, Funchal, İzmir, Kos, Lanzarote, Malta, Paphos, Palma de Mallorca
Wizz Air Basel/Mulhouse (begins 31 March 2018),[8] Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg (begins 30 March 2018),[9] Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi (begins 31 March 2018),[10] London–Luton, Lviv, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Porto (begins 31 March 2018),[11] Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta
Seasonal: Agadir, Bari (begins 31 March 2018)[12]

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines Ireland Doncaster/Sheffield
SprintAir Warsaw–Chopin

Statistics[edit]

Interior of Terminal T2
Terminal T1 for passengers and crews of private planes

Following are the official airport annual traffic figures.[13]

Year Passengers Cargo (tonnes) Movements
1998 174 202 871 9 558
1999 191 502 628 10 333
2000 210 873 2 548 11 858
2001 237 705 1 172 7 430
2002 236 151 1 571 6 594
2003 284 334 1 183 12 384
2004 355 431 823 18 509
2005 454 047 1 378 20 556
2006 857 931 1 510 25 002
2007 1 270 825 1 458 26 948
2008 1 486 442 1 462 32 000
2009 1 365 456 1 031 25 472
2010 1 654 439 946 23 627
2011 1 657 472 957 25 339
2012 1 996 552 928 27 960
2013 1 920 179 910 24 958
2014 2 085 638 5 816 24 970
2015 2 320 000 6 729 24 510
2016 2 419 561 9 863 25 486
2017 2 855 071 11 040 27 737

Ground transportation[edit]

Buses: a city bus operated by MPK runs between the airport and the centre of Wrocław (Dworcowa street). Line 106 (day) or 206 (night). The ticket will cost 3,40 PLN (~ 0,80 ).

From December 6, 2017 Polbus-PKS started an express bus called "WRO Airport Express" connecting the airport with the central bus station, which is located in the basement of the shopping mall "Wroclavia". The courses provide comfortable Mercedes Benz Tourino with free Wi-Fi. Coaches run every 50 minutes. The first bus from the Wrocław bus station leaves at 03:20 and the last at 23:30. From the airport, the first cruise at 4:10, the last at 1:00. The journey takes 23-44 minutes. The ticket will cost 10 PLN (~ 2,50 ).

The airport also serves taxi corporations, Uber and iTaxi.

The airport offers 3000 parking spaces. There are car rentals at the airport. Travelers using vehicles from the Vozilla City Electric Car Rental can park for free in the VIP car park, located closest to the terminal.

There is also a bike path that leads to the airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Wrocław-Strachowice Airport at Wikimedia Commons