|Copernicus Airport Wrocaw
Port Lotniczy Wrocaw im. Mikoaja Kopernika
|IATA: WRO ICAO: EPWR
|Operator||Wrocaw Airport Company|
|Elevation AMSL||123 m / 404 ft|
|Number of Passengers||1,996,552|
|Source: polish AIP at EUROCONTROL|
WrocawCopernicus Airport (Polish: Port Lotniczy Wrocaw im. Mikoaja Kopernika) (IATA: WRO, ICAO: EPWR) is an international commercial airport in Wrocaw in southwestern Poland. The airport is located 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest of the city centre. It has one runway and two passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. The new terminal started its operations on March 11, 2012.
The airport was built in 1938 for German military purposes before World War II. It was operated briefly by Soviet forces following the war before being used for civilian purposes in 1945. Services were operated to Warsaw, ód, Pozna and Katowice. By 1992 destinations also included Krakow, Rzeszów, Gdask, Szczecin and Koszalin.
'Port Lotniczy Wrocaw S. A.' was established as a company in January 1992 and Wrocaw airport assets operated by the state owned Polish Airports authority were transferred to the company in January 1993.
The first international flights were inaugurated in January 1993, serving Frankfurt, Germany. Significant airport improvements have been completed in recent years. A new international departures terminal was opened in May 1997 followed by a new domestic terminal in November 1998. 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; 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: Mikoaj Kopernik). The airport's new name is Copernicus Airport Wrocaw (Port Lotniczy Wrocaw im. Mikoaja 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 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), a runway extension to 3,000 m (9,843 ft), and assorted taxiway, apron and navigation equipment improvements. Also, car parking will be expanded to 1,000 spaces, and a conference centre with a hotel will be built on site. 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.
Following are the official airport annual traffic levels
|Year||Passengers||Cargo (tonnes)||Air operations|
|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||912||27 960|
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.
|LOT Polish Airlines||WarsawChopin, Frankfurt, Munich|
|LOT Polish Airlines
operated by EuroLOT
|WarsawChopin, Frankfurt, Munich|
operated by Augsburg Airways
|Munich (ends 26 October 2013)|
operated by Eurowings
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich|
|Ryanair||ParisBeauvais, MilanBergamo, Bologna, Bristol, BrusselsCharleroi, Cork, Dublin, Liverpool, LondonStansted, Malmö, Nottingham/East Midlands, OsloRygge, GlasgowPrestwick, RomeCiampino, Shannon
Seasonal: Alicante, Bournemouth, Chania, Girona, Málaga, Malta, VeniceTreviso
|Wizz Air||ParisBeauvais, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, LondonLuton, OsloTorp|
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|Air Cairo||Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh|
|Bingo Airways||Djerba, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh|
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