Rzeszów Airport (RZE/EPRZ)

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Other major reasons to serve this airport

The new terminal at Rzeszów Airport and the city’s new stadium are due to be completed before the start of the Euro 2012 football championship, which is being co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine.

Rzeszów, capital of the Subcarpathian Province, boasts some stunning scenery and architecture, including the Lubomirski Palace.

  • Rzeszów (pronounced “zhe-shof”) is the home of Poland’s Aviation Valley, a cluster of industry facilities all focused on air transport.
  • Global companies such as MTU, UTC, Borg Warner, Sikorsky, Hispano-Suiza and VAC Aero all have production facilities close to the airport.
  • Passenger traffic growth for 2009 was +18% – the best result in Poland.
  • Rzeszów is located very close to the Ukrainian border (90km) and Slovakian border (100km).
  • The region is located on the border of the Carpathian Foothills and the Sandomierska Basin, making it attractive for inbound tourism.

Marketing and other support

The airport, the regional government and tourist agencies are able to offer marketing support and incentives to help to promote new routes. UEFA estimates that half of all fans attending Euro 2012 in Poland will travel by air.

Rzeszów Airport offers discounted airport charges to new services and helps to organise and run media campaigns for new airlines and routes.

  • New entrant airport charges incentives, methodologies for advertising support, potential for support from regional development/tourist agencies.
  • Discounts to airport charges are available to new services.
  • The airport is able to organise and run advertising media campaigns for new services.
  • Financial marketing support is available from the airport and regional government.
  • Poland is a joint host for Euro 2012 football championships. Tournament organiser UEFA estimates that half of all spectators will travel to the various venues by air.

Catchment Area

A population in excess of 2 million live within a two-hour drive.

The two hour drive-time catchment area is slightly larger than the Podkarpackie Province, which has a population of 2.1 million.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

The airport has a neighbourhood of over 70 air transport-related manufacturers which would support air and freight services. Hispano-Suiza Polska produces some of the Polish aerospace industry’s most advanced components for use in aircraft engines and helicopters – an expansion of the plant in 2009 now extends that range to engine nacelles used in the Airbus family. Meanwhile, another airport neighbour PZL Mielec – the Polish division of United Technologies’ Sikorsky – recently signed a deal for 15 crop sprayer/fire-fighting aircraft with China’s Heilongjiang Province.

  • More than 70 aviation industry companies, including MTU, UTC, Borg Warner, Sikorsky and Hispano-Suiza are based within close proximity of Rzeszów Airport.
  • Goodyear plant in Dębica (47km west of Rzeszow), steel and military industry (Huta Stalowa Wola), car components manufacturers (Toora Poland), metal industry (FML Leżajsk, Dezamet Nowa Dęba), chemical industry (Tikkurilla, Organika Nowa Sarzyna), pharmaceutical companies (Valeant, Sanofi Aventis), IT companies (Assecco, OpTeam) and food companies (Nestlé) all based in the region.


Rzeszów’s citizens are fanatical followers of Resovia Rzeszów - a sports club which fields a successful volleyball team that competes at international level, and which hosts several important competitions.

  • RZE is located in the south-east of Poland, close to the Ukrainian and Slovakian borders.
  • RZE is 10km from Rzeszów city centre, 160km to Kraków, 170 km to Lublin, 170 km to Lviv (Ukraine), 170 km to Kosice (Slovakia).
  • RZE is located on the main West-East European E40 Highway

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: One runway (27/09) 3,200m
  • Slot Coordinated?: No
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals: Departure Terminal 2,358m, two floors, new commercial zone

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • New terminal infrastructure: 15,290m/1,440 pax per hour and new apron 48,500m due to be completed in the first half of 2012.

Vital statistics (2009)

  • Ryanair: 247,117 passengers
  • LOT: 90,471 (10,161 USA and 80,310 Domestic)
  • Lufthansa: 14527
  • Charters 28,599
  • Passenger traffic 2008 – 323,838
  • Passenger traffic 2009 (Jan- Dec) 383,312
  • Fast dynamic of passenger growth comparing 2008 and 2009 (Jan-Dec) – 18.5% growth.
  • Fast growth of charter’s passengers comparing 2008 and 2009 – 37% growth.
  • Existing international flights: Frankfurt, London, New York, Dublin, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Liverpool
  • Existing domestic flights: Warsaw
  • Existing charter flights: Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Greece
  • Largest Carriers: Lufthansa, LOT, Ryanair