Copernicus Airport Wrocaw
Port Lotniczy Wrocaw
im. Mikoaja Kopernika
|Operator||Wrocaw Airport Company|
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|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. It has one runway, one passenger terminal and one cargo 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.
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.
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.
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.
The airport offers nearly 4000 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 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.
|Air France||ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Enter Air|| Charter: Antalya |
Seasonal charter: Bodrum, Burgas, Djerba, Faro, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Funchal, Heraklion, Kos, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Ras Al Khaimah, Rhodes, Varna
|LOT Polish Airlines||Tel AvivBen Gurion, WarsawChopin|
|Nouvelair||Seasonal charter: Monastir|
|Onur Air||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum|
|Ryanair|| Beauvais, BelfastInternational (ends 25 October 2019), Bergamo, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdask, Glasgow, Kyiv-Boryspil, Leeds/Bradford, Lisbon (ends 26 October 2019), Liverpool, LondonStansted, Madrid (ends 26 October 2019), Málaga (ends 25 October 2019), Malta, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle, Odessa (begins 29 October 2019), Palermo, RomeCiampino, Sandefjord, Shannon, TenerifeSouth (ends 20 October 2019) |
Seasonal: Alicante, Athens, Chania, Faro, Girona, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica
|Ryanair Sun||Seasonal charter: Barcelona, Corfu, Rhodes, Tirana, Zakynthos|
|Scandinavian Airlines||Seasonal: Copenhagen|
|Smartwings Poland||Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zürich|
|Wizz Air|| Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, KyivZhuliany, Kutaisi, LondonLuton, Lviv, Odessa (begins 2 November 2019), ReykjavíkKeflavík, Sandefjord, Skavsta|
Seasonal: Bari, Gothenburg (ends 13 September 2019), Porto (ends 23 October 2019)
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|