- Copernicus Airport Wrocław
Copernicus Airport Wrocław
Port Lotniczy Wrocław im. Mikołaja Kopernika
IATA: WRO – ICAO: EPWR Summary Airport type Public Operator Wrocław Airport Company Location Wrocław Hub for
- Ryanair (from 28 March)
Elevation AMSL 123 m / 404 ft Coordinates Coordinates: Runways Direction Length Surface m ft 11/29 2,500 8,202 Concrete/Asphalt Statistics (2010) Number of Passengers 1,654,439 Aircraft Movements 23,627 Source: polish AIP at EUROCONTROL
Copernicus Airport Wrocław (Polish: Port Lotniczy Wrocław im. Mikołaja Kopernika) (IATA: WRO, ICAO: 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, one passenger terminal (with separate domestic and international sections, second terminal to be completed in 2011) and one cargo terminal.
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, Łódź, Poznań and Katowice. By 1992 destinations also included Krakow, 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.
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: Mikołaj Kopernik). 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 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 4 April 2011 first Jumbojet ever landed at WRO - it was Boeing 747-212B(SF) Evergeen International reg. N485EV.
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 3,2 million yearly, is expected to be completed by 2011.
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
Airlines Destinations BH Air Seasonal: Burgas Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal: Varna Enter Air Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Monastir EuroLOT Gdańsk, Rzeszów LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines
operated by EuroLOT
Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw Lufthansa Regional
operated by Augsburg Airways
Munich Lufthansa Regional
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf OLT Jetair Berlin-Tegel, Heringsdorf, Warsaw, Gdańsk Ryanair Bournemouth [begins 30 March 2012], Bristol, Brussels South-Charleroi, Chania [begins 30 March 2012], Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Malmo [begins 29 March 2012], Malta [begins 31 March 2012], Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Rygge, Paris-Beauvais [begins 29 March 2012], Rome-Ciampino, Shannon, Venice-Treviso [begins 28 March 2012]
Seasonal: Alicante, Bologna, Málaga, Girona
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Cimber Sterling
Copenhagen Sun d'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Wizz Air Cork, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, London-Luton, Paris-Beauvais, Oslo-Torp
Airports of Poland
Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport (BZG) · Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport (GDN) · Katowice International Airport (KTW) · John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (KRK) · Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport (LCJ) · Poznań-Ławica Airport (POZ) · Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport (RZE) · Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport (SZZ) · Szczytno-Szymany International Airport (SZY) · Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) · Copernicus Airport Wrocław (WRO) · Zielona Góra Airport (IEG)
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