Copernicus Airport Wrocaw
Port Lotniczy Wrocaw
im. Mikoaja Kopernika
|Owner||Wrocaw - 49%|
Lower Silesian - 31%
PPPL - 20%
|Operator||Wrocaw Airport Company|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||123 m / 404 ft|
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, at Graniczna street 190. It has one runway, one passenger terminal, one cargo terminal and one general aviation terminal.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. A new air traffic control tower and duty-free area followed in 2001.
On December 6, 2005 the airport was renamed after the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (in Polish: Mikoaj Kopernik), 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). 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. The airport has upgraded to ILS system from category I to category II in April 2016.
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.
|Air France||ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Buzz||Seasonal charter: Corfu, Rhodes, Zakynthos|
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya (begins 14 June 2020)|
|Enter Air|| Charter: Antalya, Hurghada, Marsa Alam TenerifeSouth |
Seasonal charter: Bodrum, Burgas, Djerba, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Ras Al Khaimah, Rhodes, Varna, Zanzibar
|LOT Polish Airlines||Tel Aviv, WarsawChopin|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||OsloGardermoen (begins 30 March 2020)|
|Onur Air||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum|
|Ryanair|| Alicante, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdask, Glasgow, KievBoryspil, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, LondonStansted, Malta, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Odessa, Palermo, RomeCiampino, Sandefjord, Shannon|
Seasonal: Athens, Cagliari (begins 3 April 2020), Chania, Faro, Girona, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, TenerifeSouth, Zadar (begins 1 May 2020)
|Scandinavian Airlines||Seasonal: Copenhagen|
|Smartwings Poland||Seasonal charter: Bodrum (begins 4 June 2020), Chania (begins 26 April 2020), Corfu (begins 25 April 2020), Lamezia Terme (begins 7 June 2020), Rhodes (begins 24 April 2020)|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zürich|
|Wizz Air|| Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, KievZhuliany, Kutaisi, LondonLuton, Lviv, Odessa, ReykjavíkKeflavík, Sandefjord, StockholmSkavsta, Zaporizhia (begins 29 March 2020) |
Following are the official airport annual traffic figures.
|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|
The airport is served by two MPK Wrocaw bus lines, which on their routes have many stops in the city. Line 106 (day) or 206 (night) provide connection to the main railway station and main bus station, and line 129 through the estates Strachowice, erniki, Kuniki, Gdów May, Popowice, Róanka, Karowice, Powitne with the northern part of the Psie Pole district.
From December 2017 Polbus-PKS started an express bus called "WRO Airport Express" connecting the airport with Dominikaski Square (near the Market Square) and the main bus station, which is located in the basement of the shopping mall "Wroclavia" (stand number 7). The ticket can be bought from the driver, it costs 10 PLN or 2,5 .
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 main terminal.
Media related to Wrocaw-Strachowice Airport at Wikimedia Commons