Lodz Airport Central Poland (IATA: LCJ, ICAO: EPLL), formerly known as Łódź-Lublinek Airport, is a regional airport in central Poland, located approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Łódź city center. Łódź ranked 8th among Polish airports in 2013 in passenger numbers. The airport has been in operation since 13 September 1925 and has recently undergone a number of upgrades, enabling it to handle services by low cost airlines to destinations in Europe.
Lodz Airport Central Poland
Port Lotniczy Łódź
im. Władysława Reymonta
|Operator||Port lotniczy Łódź im. Władysława Reymonta Spółka z o.o.|
|Elevation AMSL||185 m / 607 ft|
Łódź Airport opened on 13 September 1925. During World War II, the German occupying forces improved the airport for military use, by building a concrete 1,200 m (3,937 ft) runway. In the immediate postwar years, the airport was a key transport hub, but that role diminished by the 1950s with the development of Warsaw airport. By the end of the decade, regular passenger connections to Łódź were suspended. Efforts to restart passenger traffic were undertaken in the 1990s.
In 1997, a new passenger terminal (capacity approx. 50,000/year) was opened. Since 1997, Port Lotniczy Łódź-Lublinek sp. z o.o. (Lodz-Lublinek Airport LLC) has been the operator of the airport, changing its name in 2007 to Port Lotniczy Łódź im. Władysława Reymonta Sp. z o.o. (LODZ WLADYSLAW REYMONT AIRPORT LLC).
Development since the 2000sEdit
In September 2005, the runway was extended from 1,443 m (4,734 ft) to 2,100 m (6,890 ft) in order to accommodate larger aircraft, such as the Boeing 737. On 28 October 2005, a new passenger terminal, Terminal 2 (capacity approx. about 300,000/year) was opened. Two days later, the first Boeing 737 in the history of the Łódź Airport landed. On 19 January 2007, the runway extension to 2,500 m (8,202 ft) was put into use.
In June 2012, the brand new Terminal 3 with a capacity for 1.5–2 million passengers per year was opened. The capacity is more than 5 times that of the old terminal. Terminal 2 was dismantled and sold to Radom for their new airport. The airport has been renamed after the celebrated 20th century Polish writer and the winner of the 1924 Nobel Prize in Literature, Władysław Reymont.
After the A2 motorway between Łódź and Warsaw opened in 2012, which reduced the travel time between the two cities to about one hour, the Łódź airport has faced tougher competition from the two Warsaw airports (Warsaw Chopin and Warsaw-Modlin). As a consequence, the number of passengers using it has fallen. The airport no longer has any domestic destinations since the bankruptcy of OLT Express in July 2012, which had also planned a number of international services. Due to low passengers numbers, Łódź Airport has been cited as an example of inefficient use of EU subsidies.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport:
|Buzz||Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Rhodes|
|Enter Air||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Burgas|
|Pegasus Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Ryanair|| Dublin, London–Stansted|
Seasonal: Alicante (begins 30 October 2022), Bergamo (begins 31 October 2022), Charleroi (begins 1 November 2022)
|SkyUp||Kyiv–Boryspil, Lviv (both suspended)|
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Media related to Łódź-Lublinek Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of Łódź Airport (in English)
- Official website of Łódź Airport (in Polish)
- Lotnisko dla Łodzi Association (The Airport for Łódź Association) (in English)