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Balice Airport

John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice
Kraków Airport im. Jana Pawła II

Location of airport in Poland
Airport type Public, military
Operator LHC/KRK Airport Services
Serves Kraków
Location Balice
Hub for
  • LOT Polish Airlines
Elevation AMSL 241 m / 791 ft
Coordinates 50°04′40″N 019°47′05″E / 50.07778°N 19.78472°E / 50.07778; 19.78472 (John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice)Coordinates: 50°04′40″N 019°47′05″E / 50.07778°N 19.78472°E / 50.07778; 19.78472 (John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,550 8,366 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Passenger Volume 3,042,351 30%
Aircraft Movements 34,900 21%
Source: Polish AIP at EUROCONTROL
Statistics from Civil Aviation Office of Poland

John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (Polish: Kraków Airport im. Jana Pawła II since 4 September 2007; earlier in Polish: Międzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Pawła 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 of the city centre, in southern Poland.

History and present circumstances

The airport opened for civil aviation in 1964.

Kraków Airport is the second busiest airport in the country after Warsaw Frederic 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 favourable location on the network of existing and planned motorways in this region of Poland, but it faces stiff competition from the nearby Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice and other Polish airports.

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. For marketing reasons, the official name was further "streamlined" on 4 September 2007 as Kraków Airport im. Jana Pawła II.

Check-in area of Terminal 1
Check-in area of Terminal 1

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 airport fee. 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. Plans are underway to begin construction of a terminal expansion adjacent to the existing International Terminal (T1).

Expansion plans

The main terminal building (T1) is currently being expanded to cater to the growth in passengers the airport has experienced in the last two years. The terminal is being extended towards the apron, with five jet ways being added and separate facilities prepared for Schengen and non-Schengen passengers.

Construction of a seven storey car-park opposite T1 is currently concluding. The parking structure will become fully operational in May 2010. It is also expected that the railway line will ultimately reach the terminal building, rather than the current temporary stop 250 m (820 ft) from terminal T1.

Airlines and destinations

Entrance to the international terminal (2009)
Entrance to the international terminal (2009)

LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-300 at stand
LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-300 at stand

Easyjet Airbus 319 at stand
Easyjet Airbus 319 at stand

Lufthansa Avro RJ85 at stand
Lufthansa Avro RJ85 at stand

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 at stand
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 at stand
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aerosvit Airlines operated by Dniproavia Kiev-Boryspil [begins 1 November] 1
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Polish Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna 1
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1
Czech Airlines Prague 1
EasyJet Belfast-International, Bristol, Dortmund, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton [ends 2 November], Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki 1
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn [ends 29 October]
Seasonal: Stuttgart
Iceland Express Seasonal: Reykjavik 1 Newcastle upon Tyne [begins 28 March] 1
Jet Air Gdańsk, Poznań 2
LOT Polish Airlines Chicago-O'Hare [ends 27 October], Frankfurt, Newark [ends 27 October], Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Athens
LOT Polish Airlines operated by EuroLOT Warsaw 2
LOT Polish Airlines operated by EuroLOT Vienna 1
Lufthansa operated by Augsburg Airways Munich 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Frankfurt, Munich 1
Norwegian Air Shuttle Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger 1
Ryanair Alicante, Birmingham, Bologna [begins 2 November], Brussels South-Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Girona, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Madrid [begins 1 November], Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Rygge, Paris-Beauvais [begins 13 December], Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Weeze
Seasonal: Barcelona-Reus, East Midlands, Malaga, Malta, Pisa, Trapani


Figures in Millions

Year Passengers !
2003 0.593
2004 0.841
2005 1.586
2006 2.367
2007 3.068
2008 2.923
2009 2.680

Over the past number of years low cost carrier Ryanair have grown services from Krakow Airport and from May 2010 Ryanair will have 20 routes from the airport.

The busiest international routes are to London (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton) and Dublin.

Getting there

"Balice Ekspres" train

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

By train

  • The "Balice Ekspres" operates between Kraków Główny (Main railway station) and the Kraków-Balice Airport railway station.

By bus

  • Public buses link the airport with the main railway station in Kraków (Kraków Główny) and the central bus station (Kraków Główny RDA).


The airport has one concrete runway, number 07/25, 2550 x 60 m. Runway 07 is open for landing only between sunrise and sunset.


On 28 August 2007, a Ryanair flight from Shannon suffered a bird strike on its final approch and blew its front tires during landing, resulting in an airport closure for a few hours and requiring an emergency evacuation of the aircraft. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained no further damage.

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General Info
Country Poland
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 50.077731
50° 04' 39.83" N
Longitude 19.784836
019° 47' 05.41" E
Elevation 791 feet
241 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 003° E (01/06)
Near City Krakow
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

ATIS 126.125
Opr 0400-2000Z++

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
07/25 8366 x 197 feet
2550 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB KRW KRAKOW - 353 5.1 NM 257.8

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)

FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)
RSTD Rwy 07 clsd for ldg SS-SR. Not avbl for copter wo landing gear ,exc locally stationed copters.

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