Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

Warsaw Chopin Airport

As a high-octane hub of ‘New Europe’, Warsaw Chopin Airport moves to the beat of booming business.

From the birds-eye perspective – the two-sided passenger terminal complex of Warsaw’s airport resembles a giant piano spread out on the ground. More a matter of fortuitous coincidence than deliberate design, the shapely silhouette still seems uniquely fitting for Poland’s primary international gateway, as it is named after the legendary local maestro of the black-and-white keys, Fryderyk Chopin.

Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) has hit the right notes ever since it took on the composer’s name in 2001. Poland’s EU accession and the opening of a temporary passenger terminal in 2005 allowed low-cost carriers to link Warsaw with major European hubs.

A new high-style terminal – constructed by the Madrid-based Estudio Lamela and the Polish Budimex – was completed in 2008 to accommodate the growth in air traffic.

Warsaw’s air passenger traffic accounts for 43% of the country’s total.

Meanwhile, the airport has continued to develop its aviation infrastructure and service. One of the airport’s two runways recently received a comprehensive upgrade, while the older (T1) terminal has taken over budget airline operations and merged with a new structure (T2) into ‘Terminal A’.

In addition, the central and south piers have been completed, increasing the total number of gates to 45. A rhythmic interplay of steel and glass defines the architecture of the new section, creating a relaxing sense of fluidity and movement.

Glass abounds in the check-in atrium, the gateway waiting areas and the 20 catering facilities, flooding the airport experience with natural light from start to finish, as even the boarding bridges are made of glass panels.

Style and comfort aside, attention has also been paid to energy efficiency and environmentally responsible features, including state-of-theart chillers that maintain optimal indoor air quality.

Already used to servicing an average of 30 000 passengers per day. a 15-minute rail link will connect the airport to the city centre.