Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport received 4 million visitors in 2016
The new airport at the current location opened in 1974 about 12 km from Gdańsk. It offered the modern airliners longer runways and was called after the village where it was built, Port Lotniczy Gdańsk-Rębiechowo (Airport of Gdańsk-Rębiechowo). In 2004 its name was changed, bearing the name of former President Lech Wałęsa, the symbol of the Solidarity movement against the communism in Poland.
Ownership of the airport is shared
The airport with international initials GDN, serves as gateway for the 3 northern cities that form the tricity: Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot. The airport does not only belong completely to the Polish state which has a share of about 37 %. Ownership is shared with the city of Gdańsk (about 30%), Gdynia (1%) and Sopot (less than 1%) and the Pomeranian Voivodeship (province) (about 32%).
Not all airliners are flying to Gdańsk. When checking the airport website at the time of writing this article, we know that some airliners are flying most of the time: Wizz Air, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian, Lufthansa and LOT. Other airliners like KLM for example are flying seasonally.
Most of the travellers from Gdańsk are travelling from or to the Scandinavian countries, Germany or Britain and to Warsaw.
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Development of the airport
For the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championships, a new terminal (Terminal 2) was built offering passengers a direct easy access to the train station leading to Gdańsk Wrzeszcz from where train connections can take you to Gdańsk Główny (= which means Gdańsk Main Station). Since these investments there was a steady growth in passengers leading to the 4 million passengers in 2016. Once finished, the existing infrastructures will be able to take up to 7 million passengers a year, with plans to increase it till 9 million.Terminal 1, built in 1993, is still being used for people travelling outside the Schengen Area (but will probably cease to exist once Terminal 2 is fully operational.
Further investments of the airport
Future development of the airport include, the installation of a landing system which will allow pilots to operate at very poor visibility due to fog or bad weather conditions. Also, a complete new district, Gdansk Airport City, will be built existing mainly out of Business Centres (BCB Business Park) and hotels. Construction is planned to start in 2018 but some buildings part of this project already exist (Allcon Park).