Copernicus Airport Wrocław

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Copernicus Airport Wrocław

Port Lotniczy Wrocław
im. Mikołaja Kopernika
Copernicus Airport Wrocław logo.png
Wrocław, Budowa nowego terminala pasażerskiego - (279188).jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerWrocław - 49%
Lower Silesian - 31%
PPPL - 20%
OperatorWrocław Airport Company
ServesWrocław, Poland
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL123 m / 404 ft
Coordinates51°06′34″N 016°52′49″E / 51.10944°N 16.88028°E / 51.10944; 16.88028Coordinates: 51°06′34″N 016°52′49″E / 51.10944°N 16.88028°E / 51.10944; 16.88028
EPWR is located in Lower Silesian Voivodeship
Location in Poland
EPWR is located in Poland
EPWR (Poland)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,503 8,212 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Number of Passengers3,347,223 Increase
Aircraft Movements17,2 Increase
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

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, one cargo terminal and one general aviation terminal.


Early years[edit]

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, Łódź, Poznań and Katowice. By 1992 destinations also included Kraków, 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.[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[edit]

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: Mikołaj Kopernik),[5] who in Wrocław studied and received a scholarship, and in the years 1503-1538 was a scholaster of the Wrocław Collegiate Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew on the Cathedral Island. 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 (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 Wrocław (Port Lotniczy Wrocław im. Mikołaja 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 Wrocław 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[edit]

Air France Paris–Charles 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, Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich (suspended)
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Monastir[12]
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya,[12][13] Bodrum[13]
Ryanair Alicante, Beauvais, Belfast–International (ends 2 November 2019),[14] Bergamo, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Glasgow, Kyiv–Boryspil, Leeds/Bradford, Lisbon (ends 26 October 2019), Liverpool, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Odessa (begins 29 October 2019),[15][16] Palermo, Rome–Ciampino, Sandefjord, Shannon
Seasonal: Athens, Cagliari (begins 3 April 2020),[17] Chania, Faro (ends 23 October 2019), Girona (ends 26 October 2019), Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Tenerife–South
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[18]
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Wizz Air Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, Kyiv–Zhuliany, Kutaisi, London–Luton, Lviv, Odessa (begins 2 November 2019), Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta
Seasonal: Bari, Porto (ends 23 October 2019)


Interior of Main Terminal
General Aviation Terminal

Following are the official airport annual traffic figures.[19]

Year Passengers Cargo (tonnes)[20] 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[edit]

Bus and coach[edit]

A city bus operated by MPK Wrocław runs between the airport and the centre of Wrocław (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.[21]


The airport also is served by traditional taxi corporations, as well as Uber, Taxify, iTaxi and mytaxi. The airport offers nearly 4000 parking spaces.[22] There are car rentals at the airport.[23] Travelers using vehicles from the Vozilla City Electric Car Rental can park for free in the VIP car park, located closest to the terminal.[24]


There is also a bike path that leads to the airport.[25][26]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EAD Basic - Error Page".
  2. ^ "latamy z WROclawia » Maintenance Mode".
  3. ^ a b c d "History | Port Lotniczy Wrocław". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ a b c "Copernicus Airport, Wrocław". Airport Technology. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "Polot - Lotnisko we Wrocławiu Strachowice 2011r". (in Polish). 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "Ryanair zakłada własną klasę w szkole we Wrocławiu. Absolwent może zarabiać nawet do 25 tys. PLN miesięcznie". - tanie loty i sposoby na tanie bilety lotnicze (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ Ryś, Aleksandra (2016-05-18). "Wrocław najbezpieczniejszym lotniskiem w Polsce. System ILS CAT II już działa!". (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". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
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  11. ^ "Cultural city Wrocław new destination KLM". 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Charter flights". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Coral Travel".
  14. ^ "Ryanair Launches Belfast Winter 19 Schedule - Ryanair's Corporate Website".
  15. ^ "Book cheap flights using Fare Finder - Ryanair".
  16. ^ "Ryanair: Nowe połączenia z Krakowa do Odessy i Charkowa - Rynek Lotniczy". 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
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  18. ^ "Book cheap flights online to Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, Scandinavia and Canary Islands". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  19. ^ "Annual statistics", Link accessed 2012-05-28.
  20. ^ "Cargo - Port Lotniczy Wrocław".
  21. ^ "By bus | Port Lotniczy Wrocław". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  22. ^ "Nowy parking przy lotnisku już działa". (in Polish). 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  23. ^ "Car rental | Port Lotniczy Wrocław". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  24. ^ "Vozillą pojedziesz na lotnisko i zaparkujesz za darmo na miejscu dla VIP-a". (in Polish). 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  25. ^ "Rowerowy Wrocław - czyli najpopularniejsze ścieżki oraz trasy rowerowe". Oliwia Papatanasis | The Ollie (in Polish). 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  26. ^ "System Informacji Przestrzennej Wrocławia". Retrieved 2019-02-01.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wrocław-Strachowice Airport at Wikimedia Commons