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Copernicus Airport Wrocaw

Port Lotniczy Wrocaw
im. Mikoaja Kopernika
Airport typePublic
OwnerWrocaw - 49%
Lower Silesian - 31%
PPPL - 20%
OperatorWrocaw Airport Company
ServesWrocaw, Poland
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates51°0634N 016°5249E / 51.10944°N 16.88028°E / 51.10944; 16.88028Coordinates: 51°0634N 016°5249E / 51.10944°N 16.88028°E / 51.10944; 16.88028
Location in Poland
EPWR (Poland)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,503 8,212 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Number of Passengers3,347,223
Aircraft Movements17,2
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Copernicus Airport Wrocaw (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, one passenger terminal, one cargo terminal and one general aviation terminal.


Early years

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 the site of a military aviation school, the Luftkriegsschule Breslau-Schöngarten, later renamed Luftkriegsschule 5. Among the Luftwaffe units stationed here just before the war were the Sturzkampfgeschwader 77, Kampfgeschwader 76, and Kampfgeschwader 1 "Hindenburg".

It was operated briefly by Soviet forces following the war before being used for civilian purposes in 1945.[3] Services were operated to Warsaw, ód, Pozna and Katowice. By 1992 destinations also included Kraków, 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.[3]

The first international flights were inaugurated in January 1993, serving Frankfurt, Germany.[4] 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.[3]

Developments since the 2000s

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.[4] A new air traffic control tower and duty-free area followed in 2001.[3]

On December 6, 2005 the airport was renamed after the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (in Polish: Mikoaj Kopernik),[5] who in Wrocaw studied and received a scholarship, and in the years 1503-1538 was a scholaster of the Wrocaw Collegiate Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew on the Cathedral Island. 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 (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).[4] 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 Wrocaw (Port Lotniczy Wrocaw im. Mikoaja Kopernika) for its aircraft maintenance base. The construction of the hangar to fit 2 C-type aircraft (Boeing 737) was finished in June 2017.[6] The airport has upgraded to ILS system from category I to category II in April 2016.[7]

On September 23, 2019, in New York, the presidents of the USA and Poland signed a declaration on the deepening of defense cooperation, in which Wrocaw Airport was designated as the seat of the US Army loading and unloading air base.


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, has a storage area of 3,300 m2 (36,000 sq ft), a bonded warehouse, freezer and radioactive materials warehouse.

Airlines and destinations

Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Enter Air Charter: Antalya[8]
Seasonal charter: Bodrum,[9] Burgas,[8] Djerba,[8] Faro,[8] Fuerteventura,[8] Hurghada,[8] Funchal,[8] Heraklion,[8] Kos,[9] Marsa Alam,[8] Palma de Mallorca,[8] Ras Al Khaimah,[8] Rhodes,[9] Tirana,[10] Varna[8]
Eurowings Düsseldorf
KLM Amsterdam[11]
LOT Polish Airlines Tel Aviv, WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Monastir[12]
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya,[12][13] Bodrum[13]
Ryanair Alicante, Beauvais, BelfastInternational (ends 2 November 2019),[14] Bergamo, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdask, Glasgow, KyivBoryspil, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, LondonStansted, Malta, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Odessa, Palermo, RomeCiampino, Sandefjord, Shannon
Seasonal: Athens, Cagliari (begins 3 April 2020),[15] Chania, Madrid, Mįlaga, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, TenerifeSouth
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Barcelona,[8] Corfu,[12] Rhodes,[12] Tirana,[8] Zakynthos[12]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki[12]
SunExpress Seasonal: Izmir[16]
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Wizz Air Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, KyivZhuliany, Kutaisi, LondonLuton, Lviv, Odessa (begins 2 November 2019), ReykjavķkKeflavķk, Sandefjord, StockholmSkavsta, Zaporizhia (begins 29 March 2020)
Seasonal: Bari


Following are the official airport annual traffic figures.[17]

Year Passengers Cargo (tonnes)[18] 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 2 085 638 463 24 970
2015 2 320 000 391 24 510
2016 2 419 561 2 549 25 486
2017 2 855 071 1 025 27 737
2018 3 346 622 32 500

Ground transportation

Bus and coach

A city bus operated by MPK Wrocaw runs between the airport and the centre of Wrocaw (Dworcowa street). Line 106 (day) or 206 (night). From December 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 route is serviced by Mercedes Benz Tourino coaches. The airport is also served by Flixbus.[19]


The airport also is served by traditional taxi corporations, as well as Uber, Taxify, iTaxi and mytaxi. The airport offers nearly 4000 parking spaces.[20] There are car rentals at the airport.[21] Travelers using vehicles from the Vozilla City Electric Car Rental can park for free in the VIP car park, located closest to the terminal.[22]


There is also a bike path that leads to the airport.[23][24]


There are future plans to build a railway line between the airport and Wrocaw Gówny railway station. A tunnel and a railway station have already been built under the new terminal.

See also


  1. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page". www.ead.eurocontrol.int.
  2. ^ "latamy z WROclawia » Maintenance Mode". latamyzwroclawia.pl.
  3. ^ a b c d "History | Port Lotniczy Wrocaw". airport.wroclaw.pl. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ a b c "Copernicus Airport, Wrocaw". Airport Technology. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "Polot - Lotnisko we Wrocawiu Strachowice 2011r". www.polot.net (in Polish). 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "Ryanair zakada wasn klas w szkole we Wrocawiu. Absolwent moe zarabia nawet do 25 tys. PLN miesicznie". Fly4free.pl - tanie loty i sposoby na tanie bilety lotnicze (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ Ry, Aleksandra (2016-05-18). "Wrocaw najbezpieczniejszym lotniskiem w Polsce. System ILS CAT II ju dziaa!". www.tanie-loty.com.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Charter flights".
  9. ^ a b c "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  10. ^ https://biletylotnicze.itaka.pl/
  11. ^ "Cultural city Wrocaw new destination KLM". News.klm.com. 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Charter flights". charterflights.r.pl. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Coral Travel". coraltravel.pl.
  14. ^ "Ryanair Launches Belfast Winter 19 Schedule - Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  15. ^ https://www.fly4free.pl/nowa-trasa-ryanair-z-polski/
  16. ^ "Book cheap flights online to Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, Scandinavia and Canary Islands". sunexpress.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  17. ^ "Annual statistics", ulc.gov.pl. Link accessed 2012-05-28.
  18. ^ "Cargo - Port Lotniczy Wrocaw". airport.wroclaw.pl.
  19. ^ "By bus | Port Lotniczy Wrocaw". airport.wroclaw.pl. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  20. ^ "Nowy parking przy lotnisku ju dziaa". www.wroclaw.pl (in Polish). 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  21. ^ "Car rental | Port Lotniczy Wrocaw". airport.wroclaw.pl. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  22. ^ "Vozill pojedziesz na lotnisko i zaparkujesz za darmo na miejscu dla VIP-a". wroclaw.wyborcza.pl (in Polish). 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  23. ^ "Rowerowy Wrocaw - czyli najpopularniejsze cieki oraz trasy rowerowe". Oliwia Papatanasis | The Ollie (in Polish). 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  24. ^ "System Informacji Przestrzennej Wrocawia". gis.um.wroc.pl/imap. Retrieved 2019-02-01.

External links

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