Warsaw Chopin Airport – The Veteran of the Airports
Warsaw Chopin Airport is an international airport located in Warsaw as the name suggests. It is currently the busiest airport of Poland having just a bit under 40% of the country’s airway traffic directed to it. Chopin is a tribute to the composer Frederic Chopin who also lived in Warsaw.
The airport has two runways which are 2800 and 3690 meters long. They are working by a specific system that allows the airport to have over 34 passenger operation per hour. The airport also has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and the complex has 45 passenger gates, 27 of them have jetways.
Apart from its great facilities you also can reach the city centre via the new rail link. Over 230 million złoty were spend on this railway. If you don’t want to take the railway you still can rent a car, take a cab or take the bus, there are many easy to access choices just as you get out of the airport.
Warsaw Chopin Airport has a very rich history, it had a military role as well as being occupied by Germans during World War II and also being almost completely destroyed.
The airport was firstly built in the year 1924, it was improved in 1933 and it had a new terminal, three hangars and several other facilities. Due to those facilities that made it a great airport for that time the Germans targeted it during World War II and they destroyed a huge part of it, after that they captured and used the airport as a base for two of their aviation schools.
When the Germans retreated authorities decided to destroy the airport in order to avoid the situation of having their own airport used by the enemies.
At the end of the war the airport was in a slow process of being rebuild. It had its own radar, several building were built and in 1969 a new terminal was constructed due to the fact that the airport couldn’t handle its passengers flow anymore. In the next year the airport had its first 1 million passengers in one year.
The airport again wasn’t able to handle the annual passengers so in 1986 it was expanded once again and during the post-communism period the airport’s facilities were greatly improved increasing the number of people that can travel via this airport each year to 6 million passengers.
The fleet may vary from airline to airline, here are a few airlines and their current fleet composition:
- Wizz Air with 55 Airbus A320-232;
- Travel Service Polska with one airplane, Boeing 737-800;
- LOT Polish Airlines with three Boeing 737-400, 6 Boeing 787-8, 7 Embraer E-170, 12 Embraer E-175 and 6 Embraer E-195;
- Enter Air which has 7 Boeing 737-800 and 8 Boeing 737-400.
The Warsaw Chopin Airport was awarded “Wings of success”. It also received the “Highly Commended” status from EMEA Finance. Beside of that it also owns the following titles: “Business Superbrand Polska”, Costumer Friendly Company, Business Superbrands, Europower Award for innovative solutions, ISO Certificates and several other small awards.
Routes and Destinations
The busiest routes of the airport are to the following cities: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Gdansk.
Here is a list of cities you can reach via Warsaw Chopin Airport: Barcelona, Bucharest, Geneva, Budapest, Istanbul, Kiev, Charleroi, Eindhoven, Prague, Brussels, Berlin, Athens, etc.
Why fly via Warsaw Chopin Airport?
How to Check-In
There are over 20 stand for Self Checking – In. It is very simple and fast. In the case in which you can’t figure out how to use it you can ask a member of the airport’s staff to help you.
Baggage and Allowance
The quantity as well as weight of the baggage is determined by the airlines. The weight may very between 5 kilograms to 50 kilograms. You should ask your travel agent for extra information about the luggage or you can go on the airport’s website to see the banned items and some orientative values but again the best way is to ask for more information.
Here are a few examples of seating plans regarding the airplanes:
- Airbus A319(319) has 32 standard seats at business class and 90 standard seats at economy class;
- Airbus A320-200 has 8 recliner seats at the business class and 135 standard seats at the travel class;
- Boeing 777-200 has 16 flat-bed seats at the first class, 37 angle-flat seats at business class and 194 standard seats at the economic class.
The booking fee may differ from airline to airline and in order to have no bad surprise you should ask for additional information at the airport’s Information Stand or ask your travel agent for more information regarding your flight.