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Katowice International Airport

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So far if you have flown to Poland, you have probably landed either at Okecie Airport (Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport) or at Krakow-Balice Airport (John Paul II International Airport) which are considered to be the busiest and the most modern airports in the country. Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically. Following Poland’s entry into the European Union, low-budget airlines started operating in different parts of Poland. Consequently, the cities which are as attractive to tourists as Warsaw or Cracow can offer direct flights. Katowice is one of them.
Since May 2004 from its local airport you can fly to various destinations offered mainly by low-budget airlines. The Hungarian Wizz Air was the first of them to launch their routes to and from Katowice. Others became interested in investing in the flights to the capital of Upper Silesia as well, making Katowice an important transit point for tourists traveling to or via Poland to a wide selection of destinations.

   Katowice International Airport links with other cities
katowice pyrzowice airportKatowice International Airport is situated about 30 km north of the city centre. It is a central airport of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union. Currently, with a large offer of low-budget flights, it is the third busiest airport in Poland. Katowice International Airpor offers both regular flights operated by such carriers as LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa and low-budget flights operated by such carriers as Ryanair, Wizzair and CentralWings, etc.

Katowice has direct international connections with the following cities:
Athens (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Belfast (UK), Bourgas (Bulgaria), Bournemouth (UK), Bristol (UK) [starting from November, 2007], Brussels-Charleroi (Belgium), Cologne-Bonn (UK), Cork (Ireland), Crete-Heraklion (Greece), Doncaster-Sheffield (UK), Dortmund (Germany), Dublin (Ireland) [starting from November 1, 2007], Dusseldorf (Germany), Edinburgh (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Frankfurt (Germany), Frankfurt-Hahn (Germany), Glasgow-Prestwick (UK), Liverpool (UK), London Luton (UK), London Gatwick (UK) [starting from January 31, 2008], London Stanstead (UK), Malmo-Sturup (Sweden), Milan-Bergamo (Italy), Munich (Germany), Oslo-Torp (Norway), Paris-Beauvais (France), Rome-Ciampino (Italy), Shannon (Ireland), Stockholm-Skavsta (Sweden) and Turin (Italy).
Moreover, lots and lots of foreign and domestic travel agencies offer charter flights to and from Katowice. The Katowice International Airport is ranked second, after the Okecie Warsaw Airport, as far as the number of chartered flights is considered. Currently, there are as many as twenty-three charter destinations which can be reached from Katowice International Airport.

They are as follows:
Agadir (Morocco), Antalya (Turkey), Bourgas (Bulgaria), Chania (Greece), Dalaman (Turkey), Djerba (Tunisia), Heraklion (the Isle of Crete, Greece), Hurghada (Egypt), Ibiza (Spain), Majorca (Spain), Malaga (Spain), Marmaris (Turkey), Minorca (Spain), Monastir (Tunisia), Myconos (Greece), Podgorica (Montenegro), Rhodes (Greece), Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel), Thessaloniki (Greece), Tunis (Tunisia), Varna (Bulgaria) and Zakynthos (Greece).

Those who would like to see the capital of Poland during their stay in Katowice, the Katowice International Airport offers direct domestic flights to Warsaw. There are about 2- 4 flights to Warsaw of aĆaily basis depending on the day of the week.

For details of the flight and the timetable visit the airport’s website:

Airport facilities

The Katowice International Airport consists of two passenger terminals: Terminal A and Terminal B, the latter of which has just been erected and one cargo terminal. The newly built passenger terminal boasts the largest observation deck in Poland. Upon the construction of Terminal B, the total capacity of handling passengers has increased to nearly 3.6 mln passengers per year.

It is also one of the most thriving Polish airports. Since the low-budget airlines started operating in Katowice, the number of passengers has increased considerably. For example, in 2003 over 250,000 passengers were handled by the Katowice International Airport. Three years later the number reached over 1.4 million passengers.

The airport facilities include a restaurant, snack bars, shops, duty-free shops, the chemist's, bureau de change outlets, travel agencies, car rental agencies, bank outlets, a baby care room, cafes, a chapel and car parks.

More information on customs regulations, passenger’s rights and baggage allowances at:
Average flight times to/from Katowice
Average flight time
3 h 25 minutes
2 h 40 minutes
2 h
2 h 55 minutes
1 h 30 minutes
1 h 55 minutes
1 h 40 minutes
2 h 5 minutes
1 h 30 minutes
1 h 35 minutes
2 hours
1h 40 minutes
2 hours
2 hours
1 h 35 minutes
1 h 35 minutes
1 h 35 minutes
London Luton
1 h 25 minutes
London Stanstead
1 h 20 minutes
1 h 25 minutes
1 h 40 minutes
1 h 25 minutes
2 h
2 h 5 minutes
1 h 55 minutes
2 h 15 minutes
1 h 40 minutes
2 h 5 minutes

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Jack Darwood, Basingstoke, UK, 2011-02-07
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