Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW/EPWA)

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Warsaw's Terminal opened in Spring 2008.

Poland was a host of Euro 2012, the European Football Championships (jointly with the Ukraine).

The painstakingly restored 'Old Town' square is a designated UNESCO World Heritage. Perhaps the city's most celebrated son was composer Fryderyk Chopin – concerts regularly take place at his birthplace nearby.

Other Major reasons to serve this airport

  • WAW is among the biggest airports in Central and Eastern Europe (with annual capacity of more than 13m passengers) and boasts a prime location in the heart of the continent. With 80 years experience, a very large and multi-national catchment area totaling 9.4m people and just 10km from the city centre, it recorded over 10m passengers in 2013, representing increase of 11.4% compared with a 2012.
  • Warsaw is in the Mazowieckie province. With more than 699,000 companies – it has the highest total value of industrial output and foreign direct investments and the highest level of income per citizen within Poland. Key industries include automobile manufacturing, steel, food processing and business services. Mazowieckie province is also the focus of the country’s dynamic economic changes, notably public sector privatisation, with a large and well-qualified labour pool.
  • Poland’s capital is a popular tourist destination in its own right, with numerous theatres, museums, jazz clubs, orchestras and opera houses – composer Fryderyk (or Frédéric) Chopin was born in a nearby manor house that now houses the Chopin Museum – as well as carefully restored buildings in the ‘Old Town’ square (from the 14th century) and ‘New Town’ (from the 15th century).

The city has high quality hotel, transport, communications and financial services, and has multiple connections to a wide range of other European cities. There are 27 airlines and 75 destinations in the airport’s 2013/14 winter schedule. WAW offers competitive airport charges and an extensive programme of marking incentives.

Marketing and other support

We have the pleasure of presenting Chopin Airport´s initiative, the ´Programme of marketing co-operation with air carriers in 2015´ which involves undertaking joint marketing activities between airlines and Chopin Airport with a view to boosting air traffic to and from Warsaw.

The Programme was introduced with the aim of establishing marketing co-operation with regard to the promotion of flights to and from Chopin Airport. We hope that, by informing a lot of potential passengers, it will directly contribute to the development of air transport services you provide.

The Programme envisages co-financing by PPL of your advertising projects (within the offered packages). The Programme is valid from 1st February until 31 December 2015. Airlines may engage in joint marketing activities with Warsaw Airport under two packages: Standard Package and Growth Package.

Standard Package is addressed to carriers of crucial importance to Warsaw Airport. The eligibility criterion for the air carrier to apply for one of the above mentioned variants is the amount of PPL´s annual revenue from airport charges paid by the given carrier in 2014.

Growth Package is addressed to the following operators of scheduled flight:new carriers

  • Carriers launching services on new routes.
  • Carriers increasing frequency on an existing route.
  • Carriers intending to use an aircraft of greater number of passenger seats on an existing route.

Download programme of marketing cooperation with air carriers in 2015 (PDF)

Located in East Central Poland.

Catchment Area

  • Located in East Central Poland
  • Easily accessible by car and train

Estimated catchment in 2015: 13,000,000
Warsaw Chopin Airport catchment area map.
Source: Mott MacDonald analysis for PPL 2011.

Polish manufacturing and agriculture has a substantial appetite for just-in-time inventory to reach its world markets.

Warsaw Freight

Air cargo carriers at Warsaw Chopin Airport.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Poland’s economy has been singled out for special praise among those of eastern Europe following its near-20-year programme of privatization following the end of the Communist era in 1989.

Even in these difficult times, unlike other EU countries, Poland has not experienced recession. In 2009 Polish GDP increased by 1.6% while all other EU countries registered a decline in GDP. The well-regarded Forbes magazine added that Poland had not boomed to the extent of others, so the correction was less severe. Further, its large domestic market makes it less reliant on exports than others in the region while flexible exchange rates and low interest rates have all helped. Therefore, the $20bn loan from the IMF secured earlier in year 2010 was not a bail-out but a special facility reserved for emerging markets with strong fundamentals. It is still aiming to join the euro-zone, but this may now be deferred until 2014-2015.

In 2010 GDP growth amounted to 3.9% and was one of the highest in the EU. In 2011 Poland also was in the lead concerning the development dynamics, the GDP growth reached 4.3% – more than e.g. Sweden. In GDP terms, the economy is about 4.5 % agriculture, 31.1 % industry and 64.4 % services. Key agricultural products include potatoes, fruits, vegetables, wheat; poultry, eggs, pork and dairy; industrial output is mainly in machine building, iron and steel, coal mining, chemicals, shipbuilding, food processing, glass, beverages and textiles. Services include banking and other financial services.

In the years 2000-2010 Poland’s exports value increased nearly 3.5 times. Particularly high growth was registered in the first years after the EU accession. It exceeded then 20% per year. In 2009 Poland experienced a decline in foreign trade, due to the financial crisis. However, in the following year exports value once again increased by 20% year to year.

The major trade partner of Poland – in respect of both exports and imports value – has been continually Germany. Its share in Poland’s exports in the year 2010 amounted to 26.2% (29,56 EUR bn).

Exports are heavily dominated by manufactured and semi-manufactured goods, especially machinery, machine tools and transport equipment. Main export partners in 2010: Germany – 26.2%, UK – 6.3%, Czech Republic – 6.2%, France – 6.1%, Italy – 5.4%, 4.5% Russia, The Netherlands – 4.3%.

Imports are also dominated by machinery and transport equipment, with Germany being the key partner by far, with a 22.1% share.

Source: http://www.paiz.gov.pl/poland_in_figures/economy

  • Contact route development specialist for further information.

Air Cargo in 2005-2011

Warsaw freight-chart

Freight in millions metric tonnes
2005 51.7
2006 60.6
2007 63.3
2008 54.7
2009 50.14
2010 57.11
2011 60.62
source: PPL operational data

Operating for over 80 years, Warsaw Chopin Airport has undergone major changes, especially in the last few years.

  • Location: 52°09’57” N, 020°58’02” E
  • Airport area: 580 ha
  • 18 taxiways
  • ILS Category – CAT II
  • Terminal passenger area: approx. 30,000 m2
  • Two take-off and landing runways:
    • Runway 11/29 – 2800m x 50m
      • ILS Cat. II
    • Runway 15/33 – 3690m x 60m
      • ILS Cat. II
  • Both runways 15-33 and 11-29 can handle all aircraft types currently in use (including the Boeing 747-400, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A380)
  • Runway capacity: 38 operations/hour (both runways)
  • Category II Instrument Landing System
  • Slot Coordinated: Yes (Coordination has been implemented since 25 March 2012)
  • Operating hours: 24/7 availability
  • Capacity: 15.7 million pax per annum
  • Cubage (m3): 870, 915
  • Check-in counters: 62
    • Number of check-in counters with access to conveyor belt including: 60
    • Number of check-in counters without access to conveyor belt: 2
    • Number of oversize luggage counters: 2
    • Number of check-in counters in VIP lounges: 2
    • Number of check-in counters by zone:
      • Island C – 22 counters
      • Island D – 20 counters
      • Island E – 20 counters
  • Number of aircraft parking stands with access to passenger bridges:
    • min 12, max 13 in Schengen area
    • min 10, max 13 in Non Schengen area
  • Number of remote stands (excluding de-icing and cargo aprons): min 48, max 51
  • Number of gates:
    • 22 in Schengen area
    • 18 in Non-Schengen area
  • Number of conveyor belts at arrivals hall: 5
  • Number of conveyor belts in the area of Exit 2: 6 – including 1 able to handle oversized baggage
  • Baggage sorting area:
    • 30 baggage chutes in A sorter, including 1 special baggage chute
    • 30 baggage chutes in B sorter, including 1 special baggage chute
  • Baggage deposit:
    • 4 storage lines in A sorter
    • 4 storage lines in B sorterOverall capacity: 305 pieces of luggage.
  • Fire & Rescue and Police & Security on site.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • The modernisation of runway 11-29 – completed
  • The construction of Terminal A (Central and South piers) – completed
  • The modernisation of runway 15-33 – completed
  • Apron reconstruction (APN 2, 4 and 6)
  • Construction of de-icing apron (APN 13) and new rapid taxiway
  • The building of new 5 star hotel Marriot Renaissance, located on the multi-storey car parking in front of the Terminal A – under construction, planned to finish in 2014
  • The reconstruction of old part of Terminal A (former Terminal 1), planned to be completed in 2015

Extension of road and rail network around the airport: A direct rail link  from the airport to the city centre was opened in June 2012

  • New S2 and S79 express ways linking Warsaw Chopin Airport with A2 motorway and S8 express way have been opened


  • Warsaw Chopin Airport is located 10 km from the city centre.
  • Railway station – at the airport
  • Logistic centres – 9.0 km
  • Public bus services – 5 lines (incl. fast & night line)
  • Selected TAXI operators (3 operators)
  • Secured parking area
  • Major rental car operators (Avis, Budget, Europcar, GE-CAR, Hertz, National, Sixt)

Vital statistics

Airport Web check-in  counters 4
CUSS kiosks 23
Number of check-in counters 62

In 2013 Warsaw Chopin Airport recorded growth in passenger traffic by 11% and a 3% growth of take-offs and landings comparing to 2012.

  • The most popular schedule destinations: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels
  • The most popular charter destinations: Antalya, Hurghada, Tel Aviv, Sharm el Sheikh, Heraklion

Passenger Traffic 2008-2013

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Passengers 9,460,606 8,320,927 8,712,384 9,337,734 9,587,842 10,683,706
Change (%) 2.1 -12.0 4.7 7.2 2.7 11.4

Source: PPL operational data.

Aircraft Movements in passenger traffic 2008-2013

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Aircraft movements 129,728 115,934 116,691 119,399 118,320 123,981
Change (%) -2.6 -10.6 0.7 2.3 -0.9 4.8

Source: PPL operational data.

Top 10 schedule carriers in 2013 (passengers in thousands)

LOT Polish Airlines 4,366
Ryanair 1,128
Wizz Air 1,006
Lufthansa 513
Air France 335
KLM 240
British Airways 175
Aeroflot 147
Emirates 133

Source: PPL operational data.

Top 10 charter carriers in 2013 (passengers in thousands)

Travel Service 465
Enter Air 376
Small Planet 216
Bingo Airways 94
LOT Polish Airlines 36
Pegasus Airlines 26
Syphax Airlines 17
Corendon Airlines 16
Nouvelair Tunisie 14
Onur Air 8

Source: PPL operational data.

Top 10 schedule destinations in 2013 (passengers in thousands)

Top 10 schedule destinations in 2013 (passengers in thousands)

Source: PPL operational data.

Top 10 charter destinations in 2013 (passengers in thousands)

Top 10 charter destinations in 2013 (passengers in thousands)

Source: PPL operational data.

Passenger traffic by segment and traffic type in 2013

Passengers Share Aircraft movements Share
International 9,548,619 89.4% 100,270 80.9%
Domestic 1,135,087 10.6% 23,711 19.1%
Scheduled 9,378,655 87.8% 115,612 93.2%
Charter 1,305,051 12.2% 8,369 6.8%
Traditional 8,437,040 79.0% 107,996 87.1%
Low Cost 2,246,666 21.0% 15,985 12.9%
Schengen 6,860,256 64.2% 92,349 74.5%
Non-Schengen 3,823,450 35.8% 31,632 25.5%
EU 7,912,232 74.1% 99,565 80.3%
Non-EU 2,771,474 25.9% 24,416 19.7%

Source: PPL operational database.

Passenger traffic by region in 2013

Region Passengers
Europe 8,292,266
Domestic 1,135,087
North America 446,014
Middle East 416,944
Africa 314,569
Far East 70,069
South America 8,757

Source: PPL operational database.


Route network in Winter season 2013/2014

Scheduled services to:

  • 75 airports
  • 38 countries
  • 5 regions of the world
    • 27 airlines operating scheduled flights
    • 19 airlines operating charter flights*
Region Destination
Western Europe Amsterdam , Ateny, Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin, Bruksela (BRU, CRL), Doncaster, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Genewa, Glasgow (GLA), Goteborg Saeve, Grenoble, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istambuł, Kopenhaga, Larnaka, Liverpool, Lizbona, Londyn (LHR, LTN), Madryt, Malaga, Malmo, Mediolan (BGY, MXP), Monachium, Oslo (OSL, TRF), Paryż (BVA, CDG), Rzym, Stavanger, Salzburg, Sztokholm (ARN, NYO), Wiedeń, Zurich
East and Central Europe Belgrad, Budapeszt, Bukareszt, Charków, Kijów, Lwów, Mińsk, Moskwa, Odessa, Praga, Ryga, Sofia, St. Petersburg, Tallin, Wilno
North America Chicago, Nowy Jork, Toronto
Middle East Doha, Dubai, Tel Aviv
Asia Erewań, Kutaisi, Pekin, Tbilisi
Domestic Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Wrocław , Zielona Góra

Source: Winter Season 2013/2014 as of March, 2014
*only charter airlines which carried at least 1,000 passengers in 2013

Airport Facts – 2013

  • 10.68 million passengers
    • (11.4% increase compared with 2012)
  • 123.98 thousand movements in passenger traffic
    • (4.8% increase compared with 2012)
  • 64.28 thousand tonnes of air cargo
    • (2.8% increase compared with 2012)
  • 21.0% passenger share in the low cost segment
  • 12.9% share in aircraft movements in the low cost segment
  • 18.3% passenger growth in international traffic compared with 2012
  • 9.7% growth in aircraft movements in international traffic compared with 2012
  • Largest carrier: LOT Polish Airlines
  • The most popular schedule destinations: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels
  • The most popular charter destinations: Antalya, Hurghada, Tel Aviv, Sharm el Sheikh, Heraklion


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