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Krakow John Paul II International Airport
Kraków John Paul II
International Airport

Kraków Airport im. Jana Paw?a II
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Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorJohn Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport Ltd.
LocationBalice, Poland
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL241 m / 791 ft
Coordinates50°04?40?N 019°47?05?E / 50.07778°N 19.78472°E / 50.07778; 19.78472Coordinates: 50°04?40?N 019°47?05?E / 50.07778°N 19.78472°E / 50.07778; 19.78472
EPKK is located in Lesser Poland Voivodeship
Location in Lesser Poland Voivodeship
EPKK is located in Poland
EPKK (Poland)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,550 8,366 Concrete
07L/25R (emergency) 2,550 8,366 Grass
Statistics (2020)
Passenger volume2,592,972[1] Decrease 69%
Aircraft movements51,777 (2018)

Kraków John Paul II International Airport (Polish: Kraków Airport im. Jana Paw?a II since 4 September 2007; earlier in Polish: Mi?dzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Paw?a II Kraków-Balice) (IATA: KRK, ICAO: EPKK) is an international airport located near Kraków, in the village of Balice, 11 km (6.8 mi) west[2] of the city centre, in southern Poland. It is the second busiest airport of the country in terms of the volume of passengers served annually.


Early years

The airport opened for civil aviation in 1964. The Balice airport was a military site until 28 February 1968. Four years later, the first passenger terminal was built there.

In 1988, the authorities decided to build a new terminal that was opened for public use in 1993. In 1995, the entire apron was modernized.

In 1995, the airport's name was changed from Kraków-Balice Airport to John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice, to honor Pope John Paul II, who spent many years of his life in Kraków and had served as Archbishop of Kraków from 1963 until his elevation to the Papacy in 1978. For marketing reasons, the official name was further "streamlined" on 4 September 2007 as Kraków Airport im. Jana Paw?a II.

Development since the 2000s

The airport was modernized once more in 2002, and since then new international connections have been established.

In 2003, when Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair became interested in starting a service from the John Paul II International Airport, the airport authorities refused to reduce the landing fees. In response, the regional authorities of Kraków and Lesser Poland Voivodeship decided to build a new airport near the existing one, using the infrastructure of the military airbase adjacent to the shared runway. Finally an agreement was reached, and the existing airport was opened to Ryanair and other low-cost carriers such as Germanwings, EasyJet, and Centralwings.

On 1 March 2007, a separate domestic terminal (T2) was opened. At that time, plans were underway to begin construction of a new terminal.

A seven-story parking garage opposite T1 became fully operational in May 2010.[3]

On 12 December 2012, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair announced it would be opening its second Polish base in Kraków basing two Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the airport from 31 March 2013, which allows the carrier to increase the number of the routes from Kraków to 31.

Kraków Airport is the second busiest airport in the country after Warsaw Chopin Airport. The airport has good growth prospects, as almost 8 million people live within 100 km (62 mi) of it. The airport also has a favorable location on the network of existing and planned motorways in this region of Poland.



11 April 2013 saw the beginning of construction works of a new airport terminal, which is adjacent to the existing old terminal building. The works on the new terminal were completed in December 2016. The terminal serves all-year-round, 24 hours a day, both domestic as well as international flights. The expected maximum capacity of the terminal is up to 8 million passengers handled in a year (over twice as much as the airport served in 2012). It is also possible to handle transfer passengers irrespective of the routes (Schengen/Non-Schengen destinations). The terminal has a new luggage handling system and a roofed footbridge connecting the terminal to a hotel, a multi-level parking lot and the railway station, with direct railway link to Kraków G?ówny by Koleje Ma?opolskie.


The airport has one concrete runway, number 07/25, 2,550 m × 60 m (8,366 ft × 197 ft).

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens[4][5]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle[6]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London-Heathrow[7]
Brussels Airlines Brussels[8]
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast-International, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Antalya,[9] Chania,[10] Hurghada,[9] Madeira,[9] Palermo,[10]
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Finnair Helsinki Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines[12] Chicago-O'Hare,[13] Gda?sk, Olsztyn-Mazury,[14] Tel Aviv,[15] Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal: Bydgoszcz,[16] Corfu, Dubrovnik, New York-JFK, Rhodes, Tirana
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg[17]
[18] Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Ryanair[19] Alicante, Amman-Queen Alia, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Beauvais, Belfast-International, Bergamo, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bournemouth, Bristol, Brussels (begins 1 November 2021),[20] Cagliari, Catania, Charleroi, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Gda?sk, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv-Boryspil, Leeds/Bradford, Lisbon, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Lviv, Madrid, Málaga, Malmö, Malta, Manchester, Marseille, Naples, Odessa, Palermo, Paphos, Pisa, Podgorica, Porto, Prague, Riga (begins 31 October 2021),[21] Rome-Ciampino, Sandefjord, Seville, Shannon, Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 31 October 2021),[22] Stockholm-Skavsta (ends 29 October 2021),[22] Szczecin, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Treviso, Valencia
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 31 October 2021),[23] Burgas, Chania, Corfu, Girona, Lamezia Terme, Lourdes, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Rimini, Santorini, Tenerife-South, Turin (begins 1 November 2021),[22] Zadar
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Smartwings Seasonal charter: Chania,[10] Corfu[10]
Sun d'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Transavia Eindhoven, Paris-Orly (begins 31 October 2021)
Wizz Air[24] Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Billund, Birmingham, Catania, Doncaster/Sheffield, Eindhoven, Kharkiv, Kutaisi, Kyiv-Zhuliany, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa, Nice, Oslo, Rome-Fiumicino, Stavanger, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tel Aviv, Tromso, Trondheim, Turku
Seasonal: Heraklion,[25] Reykjavik-Keflavík, Santorini,[25] Split[25]


Annual traffic

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Year Passenger Count Percent Change
2003 593,214
2004 841,123 Increase 42%
2005 1,586,130 Increase 89%
2006 2,367,257 Increase 49%
2007 3,068,199 Increase 30%
2008 2,923,961 Decrease 5%
2009 2,680,322 Decrease 8%
2010 2,863,996 Increase 7%
2011 3,014,060 Increase 5%
2012 3,439,758 Increase 14%
2013 3,647,616 Increase 6%
2014 3,817,792 Increase 5%
2015 4,221,171 Increase 11%
2016 4,983,645 Increase 18%
2017 5,835,189 Increase 17%
2018 6,769,369 Increase 17%
2019 8,410,817 Increase 24%
2020 2,592,972 Decrease 69%

It was the 63rd busiest airport in Europe in 2019 and had the greatest increase in passengers in all of Europe in 2019 with a 24.2% passenger increase in 2019 compared to 2018.

Ground transportation

In addition to road access by private car or taxi, other options are:


Train at "Krakow Lotnisko" station

The SKA1 suburban line operates from the Airport to Kraków G?ówny (Main railway station) and further to Wieliczka. The service resumed in September 2015. It takes about 17 minutes to get to the city centre,[26] and further 20 minutes to Wieliczka (for Salt Mine).

Railway line 118
91 ? Medyka
Kraków G?ówny
Kraków Towarowy
Kraków ?obzów
junction Kraków ?obzów
Kraków Mydlniki
Kraków M?ynówka
Kraków Zakliki
Kraków Olszanica
Kraków PKN Orlen
A 4
Kraków Lotnisko


Public buses link the airport during the day and during the night with the main railway and bus station in Kraków (Kraków G?ówny railway station) and the ICE Congress Centre.

See also


  1. ^ "Podsumowanie 2020 roku w Kraków Airport". (in Polish). 11 January 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "EAD Basic". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Na lotnisku w Krakowie powstaje wielopoziomowy parking" (in Polish). 2009-12-18. Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Hubert Choroszewski. "Nowa trasa z Krakowa! Polecimy lini? Aegean do Aten!" (in Polish). Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Piotr Golianek. "Kraków: Aegean tylko latem" (in Polish). Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Air France wyl?dowa? w #KrakowAirport". krakow airport. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ Piotr Bo?yk. "British Airways powraca do Krakowa" (in Polish). Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Matt Turner. "Brussels Airlines Adds New Vacation Destinations As Demand Increases". Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Charter flights".
  10. ^ a b c d "air and charter tickets".
  11. ^ "Flydubai to begin flights to Krakow, Catania in 2018". 6 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Route map".
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (19 October 2020). "PLL LOT zawiesz? regularne poczenie Kraków-Chicago".
  14. ^ "LOT Polish Airlines is expanding its route network from the Olsztyn-Mazury airport". 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "Network".
  16. ^ Liu, Jim (20 April 2021). "Z Bydgoszczy do Krakowa w godzin?. 18 czerwca pierwszy lot". Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^,poleci,z,krakowa,do,luksemburga.html
  18. ^ "Route map".
  19. ^ "Book cheap flights using Fare Finder | Ryanair".
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Invest?s miljonus: "Ryanair" n?k klaj? ar pazi?ojumu par v?rien?giem pl?niem R?g?".
  22. ^ a b c "Ryanair".
  23. ^ "Ryanair".
  24. ^ "WIZZ - Dream more. Live more. Be more".
  25. ^ a b c "WIZZ - Dream more. Live more. Be more".
  26. ^ "By train". Krakow Airport. Retrieved .

External links

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