Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport
Lviv Danylo Halytskyi
Міжнародний аеропорт "Львів"
імені Данила Галицького
|Operator||State Enterprise “Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport”|
|Location||Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,071 ft / 326 m|
Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт "Львів" імені Данила Галицького) (IATA: LWO, ICAO: UKLL) is an international airport in Lviv, Ukraine. The airport is located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from central Lviv. The airport is named after King Daniel of Galicia, the historical founder of the city in 1256 AD.
Established in 1929 as Lwów-Skniłów Airport. Skniłów was the name of the neighbouring village which today is part of Lviv. Before the Second World War, it operated a domestic route to Warsaw and Krakow. In 1930, the international route to Bucharest was launched which was extended in 1931 to Sofia and Thessaloniki. In 1936, the above route was extended to Athens and Lydda.
Developments since 2010
In 2010, the airport carried 481,900 passengers. In preparation for Euro 2012, Lviv International Airport has undergone a $200m expansion project. Lviv airport's new terminal building has an area of 34,000m² with a capacity of handling 1,000 passengers an hour.[unreliable source?] Of the $200m, it was expected that the Ukrainian government would provide $70m, including $14m in 2008, and $130m would come from private investors. The expansion project included a 700-meter extension of the existing runway and a new airport terminal capable of handling up to 2,000 passengers per hour (5.69 million passenger annually).
The airport used to be a focus city for Wizz Air Ukraine, which served four international routes to Italy (Naples, Bergamo, and Treviso) and Germany (Dortmund) until the airline was dissolved April 2015 (by contrast, routes from Kiev International Airport continued after being taken over by the parent company). In January 2017, Wizz Air announced that it would be resuming flights to Lviv, initially with the introduction of a route to Wroclaw.
In March 2017, Ryanair announced that it would be launching seven routes to Lviv starting October 2017. These plans were scrapped in July after Ryanair's failure to reach an agreement with Boryspil and its subsequent decision to postpone entry into the Ukrainian market. Immediately the Ukrainian government put pressure on Boryspil and accused Ukraine International Airlines in sabotaging the agreement. This resulted in the continuation of talks with Ryanair and as of March 2018, it was announced that Ryanair would go on to open 10 new routes from Boryspil and 5 new routes from Lviv.
The airport has two terminals (1 and A), though only terminal A is currently in operation. Terminal A was opened in 2012. There are 29 check-in desks, of which nine are for domestic flights and the remaining twenty for international flights. It has nine gates, four of them equipped with jetbridges, and can handle up to 3,000 passengers per hour. Facilities at the airport also include four cafés and two duty-free shops, as well as two airport lounges, one in the domestic section and one in the international.
Opened in 1955, this was the airport's sole terminal until 2012, when terminal A was opened. It can handle 300 departing and 220 arriving passengers per hour. There had been tentative plans to use it for VIP passengers in the future. However, in June 2019, the terminal was re-opened for domestic flights, with future plans to move charter flights to the terminal as well.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from Lviv:
|Eleron Airlines||Riga, Kiev–Zhuliany, Stockholm-Arlanda, Vienna, Nurnberg Airport, Bratislava, Frankfurt|
|Year||Passengers||Change||Lviv Airport Passenger Totals 2002–2019 (in millions)|
|City||Airport(s)||Weekly departures (Summer 2019)||Airline(s)|
|Warsaw||Warsaw Chopin Airport
Warsaw Modlin Airport
|24||LOT Polish Airlines, Ryanair|
|Kiev||Boryspil International Airport
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany)
|20||Motor Sich Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines|
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
|15||Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines|
|Vienna||Vienna International Airport||11||Austrian Airlines|
|Minsk||Minsk National Airport||7||Belavia|
London Stansted Airport
|6||Wizz Air, Ryanair|
|Wroclaw||Wroclaw International Airport||5||Wizz Air|
A dedicated express link bus to Lviv railway station runs every 90 minutes. The airport is also served by Lviv's public transport, specifically the bus route 48 and the trolleybus route 29, both of which terminate in the city centre. Taxis are also available at the airport, as well as car rental services.
Accidents and incidents
- The airfield was the site of the Sknyliv air show disaster in 2002, which killed 77.
- On 4 October 2019, Ukraine Air Alliance Flight 4050, an Antonov An-12 crash-landed in a field close to the village of Sokilnyky 1.5 km (0.9 mi) short of the runway of Lviv airport, killing at least five people. The Ukraine Air Alliance (Ukraine-Aeroalliance) plane ran out of fuel before a planned stopover at Lviv, en route from Vigo in Spain to Istanbul.
- Sknyliv air show disaster
- List of airports in Ukraine
- List of the busiest airports in Ukraine
- List of the busiest airports in Europe
- List of the busiest airports in the former USSR
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