Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (Polish: Port Lotniczy Gdańsk im. Lecha Wałęsy, formerly Polish: Port Lotniczy Gdańsk-Rębiechowo) (IATA: GDN, ICAO: EPGD) is an international airport located 12 km (7.5 mi) west northwest of Gdańsk, Poland, not far from the city centres of the Tricity metropolitan area: Gdańsk (12 km (7.5 mi)), Sopot (10 km (6.2 mi)) and Gdynia (23 km (14 mi)).

The airport is named after Lech Wałęsa, the former Polish president. On the outside wall of the terminal building one can see the logo of the airport, which is Lech Wałęsa's actual signature, a stylized "W".

History

The airport opened in 1974 near the village of Rębiechowo (on westernmost land incorporated into the Gdańsk borough of Matarnia in 1973), to replace the previous airport located closer to the city centre in the suburb of Wrzeszcz. The airport acquired its current name in 2004. There was some controversy as to whether the name should be spelled Lech Walesa (without diacritics, but better recognizable in the world) or Lech Wałęsa (with Polish letters, but difficult to write and pronounce for foreigners, the closest English phonetic approximation being "Vawensa").

In 2006 it served 1,249,780 passengers (an increase of 84% over the previous year). Half of this number were international passengers.

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport has operated as a private company since 1993. A new terminal was opened in 1997.

Gdańsk Airport can be used as a diversionary airport for Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport in the event of poor weather or emergencies.

There are currently ongoing works to enlarge the airport and build a new Terminal ahead of Euro 2012.

Traffic statistics
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Airlines and destinations

Wizz Air is the largest airline at the airport. They have 3 Airbus 320 aircraft based there and they serve 21 routes. Ryanair have a large presence at the airport also.

Cargo airlines
Public transport

The following city bus lines connect the airport:

  • to Gdańsk-Centre, (Orunia Gościnna), Route 210 via Gdańsk-Morena, Gdańsk Main Railway Station, old city.
  • to Gdańsk-Centre, (Mercure Hevelius Hotel) Airportbus - Shuttle which goes from Gdańsk airport to city centre. Cost of the ticket is 9,90PLN.
  • to Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz, Route 110 to Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz Railway Station.
  • to Gdynia, Route 510 to Gdynia-Redłowo Railway Station, Gdynia Main Railway Station.

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