Poland airports map
Map of Poland showing airports. Poland airports map (Eastern Europe - Europe) to print. Poland airports map (Eastern Europe - Europe) to download. The most important airport in Poland is Warsaw 'Frederic Chopin' International Airport as its shown in Poland airports map. Warsaw airport is the main international hub for LOT Polish Airlines and currently serves as the destination for around 75% of all major international flights into Poland. With the development, and upcoming privatisation of LOT in 2011, the airport is hoping to see yet more routes opened to destinations around the globe. In addition to Warsaw Chopin, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Kraków and Poznań all have major international airports. In preparation for the Euro 2012 football championships being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, a number of airports around the country will be renovated and redeveloped. This includes the building of state of the art new terminals with an increased number of jetways and stands at both Copernicus Airport in Wrocław and Lech Wałęsa Airport in Gdańsk.
The Polish airline market was until 2004 a classical case of closed market, with bilateral agreements between countries served from the national hub- Warsaw. The regional airports were mostly serving as spokes, and were controlled by PPL, state-owned airport authority. However, in the 90-ties it was decided to deregulate the airport market and abolish the dominant position of state-owned airport manager, PPL. Nearly all local airports, apart from Zielona Góra airport as its mentioned in Poland airports map, became separate companies, with local governments involved in their management, what led to the partial decentralisation. Soon after opening of Polish sky for competition flights “avoiding” the Warsaw hub became more often.
There are currently 12 passenger airports in operation, and there is also an airport Heringsdorf in German village Garz, 7 kilometers from polish seaside spa Świnoujście as you can see in Poland airports map. However, the rapid development (8 % of increase of passengers served at Polish airports in 2008 compared to 2007) of the unsaturated market and the existence of vast areas of land, not covered by airports within 100 kilometers of journey, allow to assume that many new airports could be necessary to properly serve this land pupulated by appox. 38,2- 35,8 million inhabitants. Especially the area of eastern Poland should be better penetrated by airline traffic. There is a network of secondary airports that could be used, but lack of capital and expertise prohibit their utilisation (case of Biała Podlaska Airport at the Belarussian border).