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Copernicus Airport Wrocław

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.

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]


Early yearsEdit

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 2000sEdit

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 destinationsEdit

Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Enter Air Charter: Antalya,[8] Hurghada,[8] Marsa Alam[8] Tenerife–South[8]
Seasonal charter: Bodrum,[8] Burgas,[8] Djerba,[8] Faro,[8] Fuerteventura,[8] Funchal,[8] Gran Canaria,[8] Heraklion,[8] Kos,[8] Palma de Mallorca,[8] Ras Al Khaimah,[8] Rhodes,[9] Varna,[8] Zanzibar[9]
Eurowings Düsseldorf
KLM Amsterdam[10]
LOT Polish Airlines Tel Aviv, Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen (begins 3 April 2020)[11]
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya,[12] Bodrum[12]
Ryanair Alicante, Beauvais, Bergamo, Bologna, Bristol, Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gdańsk, Glasgow, Kiev–Boryspil, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Odessa, Palermo, Rome–Ciampino, Sandefjord, Shannon
Seasonal: Athens, Cagliari (begins 3 April 2020),[13] Chania, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Tenerife–South
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Corfu,[14] Rhodes,[14] Zakynthos[14]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen
Smartwings Poland Seasonal charter: Bodrum (begins 4 June 2020),[8] Chania (begins 26 April 2020),[9] Corfu (begins 25 April 2020),[9] Lamezia Terme (begins 7 June 2020),[9] Rhodes (begins 24 April 2020)[9]
SunExpress Seasonal: İzmir[15]
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Wizz Air Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi, London–Luton, Lviv, Odessa, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta, Zaporizhia (begins 29 March 2020)[16]
Seasonal: Bari


Interior of Main Terminal
General Aviation Terminal

Following are the official airport annual traffic figures.[17]

Year Passengers Cargo (tonnes)[18] 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 transportationEdit

Bus and coachEdit

The airport is served by two MPK Wrocław 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 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 Dominikański 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 .


The airport also is served by traditional taxi corporations, as well as Uber, Bolt, iTaxi and Free Now. The airport offers nearly 4000 parking spaces.[19] There are car rentals at the airport.[20] Travelers using vehicles from the Vozilla City Electric Car Rental can park for free in the VIP car park, located closest to the terminal.[21]


There is also a bike path that leads to the airport.[22][23]


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 main terminal.

See alsoEdit


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  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.
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  10. ^ "Cultural city Wrocław new destination KLM". 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  11. ^ "Norwegian expansion in Poland. New routes from Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław and Szczecin". 11 November 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Coral Travel".
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  14. ^ a b c "Charter flights". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Book cheap flights online to Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, Scandinavia and Canary Islands". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  16. ^ "Wizz Air launches 6 flights from Zaporizhia in March 2020 | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice". KyivPost. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  17. ^ "Annual statistics", Link accessed 2012-05-28.
  18. ^ "Cargo - Port Lotniczy Wrocław".
  19. ^ "Nowy parking przy lotnisku już działa". (in Polish). 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  20. ^ "Car rental | Port Lotniczy Wrocław". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  21. ^ "Vozillą pojedziesz na lotnisko i zaparkujesz za darmo na miejscu dla VIP-a". (in Polish). 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  22. ^ "Rowerowy Wrocław - czyli najpopularniejsze ścieżki oraz trasy rowerowe". Oliwia Papatanasis | The Ollie (in Polish). 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  23. ^ "System Informacji Przestrzennej Wrocławia". Retrieved 2019-02-01.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Wrocław-Strachowice Airport at Wikimedia Commons