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Poznań–Ławica Airport

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Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport (IATA: POZ, ICAO: EPPO), built in 1913, is one of the oldest airports in Poland. It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) west[1] of Poznań city centre. It takes its name from the neighborhood of Ławica, part of the city's Grunwald district while the airport actually lies in the Jeżyce district.

Poznań–Ławica Henryk Wieniawski Airport

Port Lotniczy Poznań–Ławica
im. Henryka Wieniawskiego
Poznan airport logo.jpg
Poznań-Ławica (widok na terminal).JPG
Airport typePublic
OperatorPoznań Ławica Airport Ltd.
LocationPoznań, Poland
Elevation AMSL94 m / 308 ft
Coordinates52°25′16″N 016°49′35″E / 52.42111°N 16.82639°E / 52.42111; 16.82639
Poznań is located in Poland
Location of airport in Poland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,504 8,215 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Number of Passengers1,852,655
Aircraft Movements24,391
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]



Check-in hall

The northern section has been used as a military airport since its inception in 1913 as an Imperial German airbase till 23 December 2009.[2] The southern section is used for civilian purposes. The prospect of relocating the airport elsewhere is often raised as a result of the flight path to the runway being located directly over the city.

The airport caters for international, domestic and cargo flights and general aviation. A new terminal was opened in 2012 and can handle up to 3.5 million passengers per year.[citation needed]

Confusion with Poznań–Krzesiny military airportEdit

Poznań–Ławica airport has been confused by pilots with a nearby airbase, Poznań–Krzesiny Airbase (ICAO code: EPKS), which also has a 2,500 m (8,200 ft) runway. The runways are at approximately the same orientation: Ławica's is 11/29 (true heading: 108/288) and Krzesiny's is 12/30 (true heading: 117.9/297.9). The two runways lie in a nearly straight line, with Krzesiny coming up first on approaches from the east, the ones used most often. On the other hand, the Krzesiny airbase has two runways and lies southeast from the city centre, while Poznań–Ławica lies just west of it.

One notable incident involving confusion between Ławica and Krzesiny happened on August 15th, 2006. What happened was that a Sky Airlines aircraft - a Boeing 737-800 that operated the flight SKY335 - mistook the runway at Krzesiny for the one being used in Ławica. It was only later that the pilot was notified of his error, and later took off from Krzesiny to Ławica on a repositioning flight.[3]

According to Krzysztof Krawcewicz, a pilot and the editor-in-chief of the Polish monthly Przegląd Lotniczy/Aviation Revue, this was at least the seventh mistaken aircraft that landed at the Poznań–Krzesiny airfield in 2006 alone. He faults, among others, the "scandalous procedures which are in use by the air traffic control at Poznań–Ławica" and the lack of radar use in controlling aircraft landing, which exists, but has been turned off by the Polish Air Traffic Agency (Agencja Ruchu Lotniczego).[4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas[5]
Enter Air Seasonal: Agadir,[6] Fuerteventura,[6] Funchal[6]
Charter: Antalya,[6] Hurghada,[6] Marsa Alam,[6] Tenerife-South[6]
Seasonal charter: Agadir (begins 14 June 2019),[7] Athens (begins 3 June 2019),[7] Burgas,[5] Catania,[6] Djerba,[6] Dubrovnik,[8] Faro,[6] Girona (begins 8 June 2019)[5] Gran Canaria,[6] Izmir (begins 7 June 2019),[7] Kos,[6] Lamezia Terme,[6] Lanzarote,[6] Málaga,[6] Palma de Mallorca,[6] Podgorica,[8] Rhodes,[7] Tirana,[6] Tivat (begins 13 June 2019),[7] Varna,[6] Zakynthos[6]
LOT Polish Airlines Lviv,[9] Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion (ends 20 February 2019),[10] Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Monastir[8]
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya,[5] Bordum (begins 25 April 2019)[5]
Ryanair Alicante, Athens, Bristol, Castellón, Cork (begins 2 April 2019),[11] Dublin, Edinburgh, Kyiv–Boryspil, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Malta, Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta (begins 2 April 2019), Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion [12]
Seasonal: Bergamo, Billund, Corfu, Eilat–Ovda, Girona.
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Barcelona,[7] Burgas,[7] Chania,[7] Heraklion,[7] Kos,[7] Paphos,[7] Patras,[7] Rhodes,[7] Varna[7]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Bodrum,[6] Chania,[6] Corfu,[6] Dalaman,[6] Heraklion,[6] Izmir,[6] Olbia,[6] Paphos,[6] Varna,[6] Zakynthos[6]
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal charter: Punta Cana[6]
Wizz Air Beauvais, Birmingham (ends 5 January 2019),[13] Doncaster/Sheffield, Eindhoven, Kiev–Zhuliany, London–Luton, Malmö (ends 7 January 2019),[13] Sandefjord, Stockholm–Skavsta (ends 7 January 2019)[13]

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 10 June 1952, a Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber from the 21st Reconnaissance Regiment took off from Ławica air base for a training flight, but crashed shortly thereafter near the Warta river as a result of engine failure. The crash killed the bomber's crew: chorąży Zdzisław Lara (pilot), chorąży Stanisław Kuć (navigator) and corporal Józef Bednarek (rear gunner/radio operator), as well as six civilians on the ground. Due to the fact that the aircraft was made in the Soviet Union, the crash was covered up by the Communist authorities and the official reports put the blame on the pilot instead of equipment. In 2008, a monument was unveiled at the crash site.[14]

Ground transportationEdit

Poznań Transit Bus Number 59 stops at the arrivals area of the airport and connects the airport and Poznań Main Station. The trip takes approximately 20 minutes.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  2. ^ "Wojskowe tereny wokół lotniska przejął samorząd". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Coral Travel".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "air and charter tickets". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Charter flights".
  8. ^ a b c "Charter flights". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ Jim, Liu (11 May 2017). "LOT adds Poznan – Lviv service from June 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  10. ^,kasuje,loty,z,poznania,do,izraela.html
  11. ^ "Ryanair To Launch Poznan Service From Cork Airport". Cork Airport. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Winter season at Wizz Air. Liquidated, suspended and new routes". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  14. ^ Semczuk, Przemysław Zatajone katastrofy PRL-u (Secret Disasters of Communist Poland), Ringier Axel Springer Polska, Warsaw 2011; chapter Kula ognia (Fireball), p. 13-21

External linksEdit

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