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Katowice International Airport (Poland)

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The airport features two terminals.

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      21.01.2009 22:41
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      It does what it says on the tin - it's an airport

      I've used this airport 3 times in the last year. It's very new and and so very bright and shiney - not the grime and tired look of many other airports. It's also not very big, and the only carriers to and from the UK are the low cost ones.

      That said, on arrival, the baggage comes through quickly, and straight out to the arrivals halls with car hire etc. So from landing to leaving the airport is very quick (by UK standards). Outside is the bus and taxi stands so getting into Katowice itself is easy, but the airport is a bit out of town so it's not a 10 minute ride.

      When leaving via Katowice it's very efficient. Expect the usual queue to check in for the UK flights, but each time it's been quick and efficient. And the staff are very pleasant too.

      If you're early for your flight, don't rush through to departures. This is not a London airport so there is no shopping mall with 10 places to eat waiting for you. There's a coffee bar, a couple of duty free, toilets and that's it. Even before you go through there's not a lot to wander around. You can get a snack, but don't expect a fine dinning experience before your flight.

      To and from your plane is via bus, so expect the usual hustle to get from the bus onto the plane, especially with those airlines that don't do allocated seating.

      Overll, if you want to go to sourthern Poland, it's an efficient, functional airport.

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      06.06.2008 21:06
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      Fine for flying, no good if you are Tom Hanks and want to live there though

      Katowice International Airport is located in the south of Poland and unlike the majority of Polish airports which are usually relatively central it's a considerable distance from Katowice, located in Pyrzowice (about 29km north).

      Getting There & Away
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      Taxis are pricey and you are best off taking the bus which is there waiting for each individual flight and takes 40-50 minutes to get to the Central Train Station in Katowice via Sosnowiec, Qubus Hotel Katowice & Novotel Hotel Katowice. Coming the other way it leaves on the hour, generally giving you an hour and a bit to pass through customs (if travelling to the UK or North Africa) or simply to check in if to the rest of the Schengen. Bus tickets cost 20zl one way or 30zl return.

      The Airport
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      I've been there three times, once coming from Paris and once going to Rome and once returning. Each time, I had the same opinion of the airport - it acts well as an airport with little or no queues, quite calm security and you generally leave on time but there's little in the way of shops, toilets are upstairs and clean, there are a couple of coffee shops and two restaurants but you can't expect much for them as the airport is a glorified shed! The two passenger terminals were only completed in 2007, so despite the shed size and features, it sparkles like a marble in ash.

      Flights
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      Terminal A takes care of non schengen flights such as (from wiki):

      Air Europa (Madrid [seasonal])

      Air Italy Polska (Antalya, Chania, Hurghada, Manastir, Sharm el Sheikh) [Seasonal]

      LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) operated by EuroLOT (Warsaw)
      Ryanair (Bristol, Dublin)

      Wizz Air (Belfast-International, Bourgas [seasonal], Bournemouth, Cork, Coventry, Doncaster/Sheffield, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted)


      Whilst Terminal B stays within the Schengen:

      Germanwings (Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart)
      LOT Polish Airlines (Munich, Turin)
      Lufthansa (Frankfurt)
      o operated by Lufthansa CityLine (Düsseldorf)
      o operated by Eurowings (Düsseldorf)
      Sun D'Or (Tel Aviv)
      Wizz Air (Brussels-Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Girona, Hahn, Heraklion [seasonal], Malmö, Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta)

      Despite the distance to Katowice, it's still a good airport to use for short flights due to the lack of queues and hassle. It's not a place to go shopping but how many charters or business men really need to buy some tat if there are no delays?

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