Guide to Warsaw Okecie Airport

Contributors: upsmd11
Updated Thursday 21st April, 2011

ICAO Code: EPWA
IATA Code: WAW

Latitude: N52° 10' 3"
Longitude E20° 57' 59"

Sunrise Today: 07:04
Sunset Today: 15:39

Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin Airport is located in the south-west part of Warsaw, approximately 10 km from the city centre.

The main road leading to the airport is Zwirki i Wigury.
The airport is easy of access by car, the municipal bus service or taxi.

The main operating Airlines are of course LOT-Polish Airlines,Lufthansa,British Airways,Aer Lingus,Air France,TAP-Portugal,Aeroflot and KLM.
There are many other seasonal operators also.

Currently there are 2 major Terminals with the low cost "Etiuda" terminal closing in April to the delight of many travellers.
A large part of the movements are from 2 large Low-cost airlines-Wizzair & Norwegian Air Shuttle.However in the last 12 months there has been an 'Exodus' in this market with Easyjet,Ryanair,BMIbaby and Centralwings ending services to the UK as well as Wizzair and Norwegian removing some UK airports from service.
Warsaw does however enjoy regular Cargo movements with UPS,TNT,Swiftair,FedEx and Sprint Air operating daily with a wide range of aircraft.
Because of Warsaw's status as Polands Capital it enjoys many state visits bringing lots of interesting visitors to the airport.

For spotters there are 11 good viewing points all easily reachable by public transport or by car(although taking a guide with you is advisable for the 1st time)There are lots of spotters in WAW and all are very friendly so just ask for any help and someone will do so. Each place offering a unique view depending on traffic direction and time of day.
Be aware that if you are planning on going into the city or to some of the other viewing points there are lots of "Fake" Taxi drivers waiting for unknowing tourists,if anyone approaches you offering a taxi kindly decline as many are unlicensed and will charge between 2-3X more than an authorised company.Leave the terminal and you will see lots of genuine taxis although a little more expensive than some in the city these are the ones to use,many speak english and will even provide a receipt.Alternatively the bus is a short walk from the terminal but you will NEED TO BUY a ticket before hand(unless you speak Polish)If so you can buy from the driver.
The main runway for Departures is 29 or 15 while arrivals tend to be on 33 or 11.ALL LOT 767's depart from either 33(Never 29) or 15.There are 3 hotels within a short walk of the airport,however they are priced the same as those in the city so it's best to head for centre as there's more choice.
Maps can be found at the following although in Polish:-
http://www.stan.home.pl/warspo/images/Zalacznik_1.jpg
http://airnews.pl/map.html

Anyone who is thinking of visiting please feel free to contact me via Plane-Mad,I'll be delighted to meet and help with any queries.Warsaw is a beautiful city and a very interesting place with a good Airport

Radio Frequencies Radio Frequencies

Approach: 125.050
Delivery: 121.600
Departure: 128.800
Ground : 121.900
Tower: 118.300

Warsaw Okecie Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 01:00 - (9 days 20 hrs ago)


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Photo Spot Spot A - Wirazowa/RWY 29

This is Wirazowa the most popular viewing spot,giving great views of aircraft departing RWY 29.This is also the place to be in winter,aircraft are de-iced just 100 yards away.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 9' 41" (N52° 9.68')
Longitude: E20° 59' 11" (E20° 59.18')

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Photo Spot Spot B - Viewing Terrace

The airport does have a viewing terrace which is accessible from a door near T1 arrivals,you will be met by security and will be asked to put your belongings through the X-ray scanner.You will then have to climb several flights of stairs so try not to take too much stuff with you.At the top you will pay 4zl for entry.Please note there are no seats on the terrace so if you plan on a long stay there you will have to stand.The terrace offers good views of the apron but in the afternoon you will be facing the Sun,not ideal for pictures!!!
The best time for the terrace is early morning or night(tripod needed)
There are toilet facilities also on the terrace.

NOTE:- The terrace is currently closed due to construction work.No Information yet as to whether it will re-open and when.

The terrace has now been closed to allow for building work

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 10' 15" (N52° 10.244')
Longitude: E20° 58' 23" (E20° 58.378')

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Photo Spot Spot C - The Hills

These are great places for departures off RWY 29 and arrivals on RWY 11.In the Afternoon the sun is behind you giving great light for pictures.You also get a good view of the airport and the gates.Its also 1 of the easiest to get to as 1 of Warsaw's main roads is the access.Simply head for the REAL supermarket on Krakowska and you will see the Hill (Wykusz street).You will need own transport or taxi from the airport.The 2nd Hill is a little further,stay on the same track,you will see a left turn leading into what look like fields follow this and you will get to the 2nd hill.Be aware that after heavy rain getting to this spot can be very sludgy.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 9' 57" (N52° 9.945')
Longitude: E20° 57' 6" (E20° 57.108')

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Photo Spot Spot D - Paluch

This area is currently under development. All trees have been cut down and removed.
To get here take Aleje Krakowska, past the airport. Turn left to NA SKRAJU(Panasonic building on left)
follow this road till reaching a right hand bend,on the left side is a track that will take you down the back of some gardens. when reching the end of the track,follow the fence. There are 2 small mounds giving good views of all Arrivals and Departures.
Please note that in winter months it is unprotected and can be very muddy.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N52° 9' 36" (N52° 9.605')
Longitude: E20° 58' 1" (E20° 58.02')

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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Trevor buttress United Kingdom
Wednesday 13th May, 2015 at 21:25 GMT
Hi,
I am coming to WAW on 27 may for football charters.please can you tell me the best spots for photos. I will have a car.
Thanks
Posted by: YannickVP Belgium
Saturday 12th January, 2013 at 01:19 GMT
Hi everyone,


Some good information here that has come usefull.
As for spot D I also have a question, I was there one and found it a nice place, however I saw some recent pictures from works in progress there, as also mentioned here.
So this place is not anymore accesible, but how about the runway use .. ? I also heard Runway 29/11 is temporarly out of use? Or is this incorrect. If still in use, is it also used for the bigger aircraft or just the smaller (as I read there is a 'displaced treshold' so probably also shorter runway for the moment?). I know heavy planes also used to land on RWY 11 before (where there was a nice spot at the shopping mall).

Thx and best regards, Yannick
Posted by: Marek United Kingdom
Friday 28th December, 2012 at 20:18 GMT
Spot D - Paluch is no longer accessible. The area is under heavy development -- some trees are cut down, ground was levelled and the area will be reclaimed as airport's space, at least that's what I heard plane spotting today. I ended up at Spot C -- great pictures in the winter light.
Posted by: PENG China
Tuesday 9th August, 2011 at 21:09 GMT
Hi, I am a spotter from China, I will going to Radom airshow 2011, and on the another hand I am very interesting to spotting in WAW, hope can meet someone who speaking a little english and can show me the way. thanks very much!

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