Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport (GDN) is located 12 miles northwest of Gdansk, Poland. This international airport, named after former Polish president Lech Walesa, is closely-situated to the Tricity metropolitan area of Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia. The airport was originally opened in 1974 near the village of Rebiechowo. The current name of the airport was acquired in 2004 after some deliberation over how Lech Walesa should be spelled, as most foreigners would not recognize the proper Polish spelling of the name with diacritics.
In 2006, Gdansk Lech Walesa served more than 1 million passengers in the year – for the first time in its history. This growth trend has continued, with the airport breaking the 3 million-passenger mark in 2014. Airlines at Gdansk Lech Walesa serve over 50 regular routes during the summer season.
Did You Know? Interesting Facts About Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport:
- Wizz Air, with their notable purple and white planes, are the largest operator at Gdansk Airport.
- A new railway will begin service in September 2015. The Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway will connect the airport to several urban centers within the Tricity.
- Since 1993, the Polish Airports State Enterprise has held a 37.61% majority share of Gdansk Lech Walesa. The next largest shareholder is the authorities of Pomeranian Voivodeship, holding a 31.45% stake.
- The first passenger flights in Gdansk were operated from an airfield in the Free City of Danzig in 1919. The airfield was formerly a military base and was converted for civilian use. It also provided for airmail services and was used by the police.
- In the 1930s, the old Gdansk airport served less than 2,000 passengers a year. This original airport became run down and dysfunctional by the 1960s. It was shut down in favor of opening a new location with greater room for growth.
- The logo of Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport is the actual signature of Lech Walesa – a stylized “W.”
Official Gdansk Airport Webcams
Multiple cams are available on the airport website, including views of Terminal T2, airside gates, runways, and cargo handling areas.
Gdansk Glowne Miasto Cam
A view of Gdansk from the Glowne Miasto housing development. Numerous historic buildings can be seen from this viewpoint, both day and night.
View Gdansk Glowne Miasto Cam.
Port Gdansk Cam
A live camera view of the Gdansk port channel. This seaport is located on the southern coast of Gdansk Bay and is one of the largest seaports on the Baltic Sea.
View Port Gdansk Cam.
Port Gdansk Seaside Cam
Another view of the port, this time offering a different vantage. The sky is readily visible during the day, and large ships and cruise liners can often be found moored to the pier.
View Port Gdansk Seaside Cam.
Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport Terminal (Outside)
This is an outside view of the Gdansk terminal.