Flights from Krakow

The John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice (in Polish Krakow Airport im. Jana Pawala II), colloquially called Balice Airport, is an international airport located in Krakow, in the village of Balice in Southern Poland. It is the largest regional airport in Poland, housed in a 310-hectare land including a 27.5-hectare area managed by the John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport Ltd.  The airport originally opened for civil aviation in 1964, and was a military site until February of 1968. In 1995, the airport's name was changed from Krakow-Balice Airport to its current name, John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice, in honour of then Pope and now Saint John Paul II, who spent many years of his life in Krakow and has been the Archbishop of Krakow from 1963 until his papacy in 1978. In 2007, the official name was further streamlined into Krakow Airport im. Jana Pawla II. 

The airport was modernised in 2002, and since then, more and more international flights and connections have been established. Top destinations include London, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Milan. Airport passenger traffic also increased drastically in the recent years, starting at 593,000 passengers in 2003, and now standing at 3.8 million passengers at the end of 2014. Currently, all arrivals for the airport are held on Terminal 2 to make way for further improvements.


Where to go

Explore Poland through its wonderful domestic destinations that can be covered from the John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice. Points of interest include Gdansk and Warsaw, along with Zielona Gora, which is covered through seasonal flights.

The city of Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located in the east-central region of the country, roughly 260 kilometres from the Baltic Sea, and some 300 kilometres from the Carpathian mountains. It is the ninth most populous capital city in the European Union, and is the 32nd most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (2012). Within the city, visit destinations including the Golden Terraces (Zlote Tarasy), the Palace on the Water, St. Anne's Church, the Old Town Market Place, the All Saints Church, the Castle Square, and the Royal Castle. 

Meanwhile, the city of Gdansk is the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship on the Baltic Coast. It is Poland's principal seaport and the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area. Gdansk is also known as the birthplace of the Solidarity movement under the leadership of then president Lech Walesa, which played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe. Within the city, travellers can visit the Old Town and the Motlawa River, the Maiden in the Window of Mariacka Street, the Fountain of Neptune at Long Market Street, and the Third Millennium John Paul II Bridge.

Lastly, the city of Zielona Gora is a commune in western Poland in the Lubusz Voivodeship with 152,060

inhabitants within the city limits and 316,000 inhabitants within the metropolitan area. It was the capital of the Zielona Gora Voivodeship before the former was absorbed to the Lubusz Voivodeship. Visit the city's town hall and main square, and sample the delicacies. 


Travellers may also fly to short haul destinations through the airport. Short haul destinations from the John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice include Germany, Italy, Austria, England, France, and other European countries and cities. Note that some of the flights from the airport are seasonal, so make sure to learn about schedules and other information regarding schedules.


Meanwhile, travellers currently cannot cover long haul flights from the John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice. The said airport only provides flights to nearby international destinations, although a handful of plans are being laid out for the airport to cover and serve long haul flights. 


How to get out

The John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice in Krakow is a good departure point if looking for a springboard to a beautiful European tour. Visit Europe's colourful countries, and create everlasting memories from trips. The airport is a hub for Eurolot and Ryanair. For travellers who are opting to explore other countries aside from Europe's lot, it is suggested to catch flights from other key cities such as Paris (France), Rome (Italy), and Berlin (Germany). 

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