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Gdansk AirportGdansk Lech Walesa Airport, ul. Juliusza Słowackiego 20080-298 Gdańsk, Poland
Facts and History about Gdansk Airport
The Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (in Polish; Port Lotniczy Gdańsk im Lecha Wałęsy) has the IATA code GDN and the ICAO code EPGD.
The airport serves the Tricity area in northern Poland. The Tricity area is the cities of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. The airport is located near the village of Rębiechowo in the administrative district of Gmina Zukowo within Kartuzy County just west of the Tricity area. Gdansk is the bigger of the three cities and the distance between the airport and the city centre, Old Town, is approximately 12 km (7.5 mi). Gdynia is 23 km (14 mi) away and Sopot is 10 km (6.2 mi) from the airport.
The airport was previously located in the now Gdansk Wrzeszcz area, then the Langfuhr district of the Free City of Danzig, and the first passenger flights occurred in 1919, possibly thanks to a transformation of the facility from military into civilian. Over the years the airport grew and expanded and during World War II it was used by the German air forces. Heavy bombings and other military activities led to the airport being destructed. After the war it was reconstructed and provided with modern technologies allowing it to develop. The airport serviced both domestic and international flights with regular connections to countries like Sweden Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria.
Over the years the once modern airport facilities became old and non-functional and at the end of the 1960s the decision was made for the airport to be moved to the location it is currently in, near the village of Rębiechowo.
The old airport closed on May 1st, 1974 after which the new airport was opened.
The grounds where the old airport was located is now mostly a large housing estate with only a few remaining elements of the airport’s old infrastructure still to be found.
The airport is, since 1993, owned by the Polish Airports State Enterprise (37.61%) the authorities of Pomeranian Voivodeship (31.45%), the city of Gdansk (29.45%), the city of Gdynia (1.14%) and the city of Sopot (0.35%).
In 2004 the airport added the former president Lech Walesa’s name to the official airport name giving it its current name Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport.
The airport first served 1 million passengers in a year in 2006, more than 2 million in 2010, after which the new terminal was built in preparation for the UEFA Euro 2012 football (soccer) championships. In 2014 the airport saw over 3 million passengers come through it and in 2019 the number of passengers served was 5,376,120 (with 48,882 aircraft movements) in total making it the third largest airport in Poland in terms of passenger traffic.
The single asphalt-concrete runway is 2,800 m/9,200ft long and is equipped with modern technology allowing aircrafts to land even in foggy weather. Both the runway and the 8 taxiways use light aid systems with LED technology.
The airport also has a de-icing pad that has been constructed in a way that allows it to be kept up to ecological standards.
Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Gdansk Airport
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Transfers at Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, GDN
- Rental Cars: Car rental desks are found opposite the exit from the baggage claim area.
- Rail: Trains leave from the train station connected with the T2 main hall far left corner after exiting the baggage claim area.
- Taxi: Taxis are found at the taxi rank right outside the terminal exits. The official taxi company is Neptun Taxi and does not have to be pre-booked.
- Bus: Buses are found either opposite the taxi rank or in the bus parking lot 50 m from the terminal. 4 public transport lines are available for transfer to Gdansk or Sopot, including a night bus to Gdansk.
- Pick up and drop off: The Kiss & Fly area located outside the departures area of Terminal T2 allows for free parking for up to 10 minutes for dropping off and picking up passengers.
Parking at Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, GDN
Whether you are going to park your car for less than 10 minutes or for a month there are parking spaces available at Gdansk Airport. The Kiss & Fly parking is short-term and free for the first 10 minutes, but after that the cost is higher. Parking lots P1 and P3 are recommended for parking for a few hours or a few days while Parking lots P4, P5 and P6 are recommended for longer stays.
All parking lots are within 250 m from the terminal entrance/exit and with the exception of Kiss & Fly all parking lots can be pre-booked and offer insurance. Fees can be paid with cash or credit card.
The airport has two passenger terminals, T1 and T2, with T1 being the older one and the use is limited to departure of non-Schengen flights. The terminals are connected with each other through a connection bridge and all check-in desks, security control, fast track and the arrivals are located in Terminal T2.
Terminal T2 is a modern building with characteristic elements such as the roof imitating waves at sea in its architectural design. The terminal is located west of Terminal T1 and the first part (departures only) was opened in 2012 while the arrivals area was opened in 2015.
The land side of the airport is all located in Terminal T2 and that is also where you find the check-in desks, the security control and the fast track. There are a few shops and a couple of coffee places that can be enjoyed while waiting to go through to air side and there is also a chapel available for everyone to visit.
Hotels near Gdansk Airport
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Additional Services and Amenities at Gdansk Airport
At Gdansk Airport you will find the usual array of bars and restaurants, airport lounges and shops.
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Once through the security control travelers to non-Schengen countries will be directed to the gates in Terminal T1 where they will find a few shops and a few places to eat. Passengers flying within Schengen stay in Terminal T2 where they will find the duty free shop, a selection of shops selling toys, jewellery, fashion, perfume and other items, as well as several options for food and drinks. Parents will also find a playground where the children can enjoy the waiting time until boarding.
Smoking is only allowed in designated areas and on land side those are located outside the terminal, while on the air side there is a smoking area located once through security control and past the duty free shop.
ATMs and Currency Exchange
There are ATM’s and currency exchange offices available on the land side.
Free WiFi is available for up to 15 minutes, after that a fee is charged.
An executive lounge is located in Terminal T2 on the air side, available to everyone for a fee if it’s not included in the ticket.
Things to do in Gdansk
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Gdansk Airport Contacts
Address: Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport, ul. Juliusza Słowackiego 20080-298 Gdańsk, Poland
General phone: +48 525 673 531
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Lost and found email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and found phone: +48 525 673 531
Official website: https://www.airport.gdansk.pl/
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Currency: Polish Zloty PLN, zł
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