KRAKOW AIRPORT TRANSFERS
John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice (Polish: Międzynarodowy Port Lotniczy im. Jana Pawła II Kraków-Balice) (IATA: KRK) is a two terminal international airport located near Kraków, in the village of Balice, 11 km west of the city, in the south of Poland.
The airport opened for civil aviation in 1964.
The Kraków airport is the second biggest one in the country after the Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, and is the leading Polish regional airport. The airport has very good prospects for development, as almost 8 million people live within 100 kilometers of it. It also has a favourable location in the network of existing and planned motorways in this region of Poland.
In 1995 the airport's name was changed from Kraków-Balice Airport to John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice, after Pope John Paul II who spent many years of his life in Kraków.
In 2003, when Irish low-fare airline Ryanair became interested in starting a service from the John Paul II International Airport, the airport authorities refused to reduce the airport fee. In response, the regional authorities of Kraków and Lesser Poland Voivodeship decided to build a new airport near the existing one, using the infrastructure of the military airbase adjacent to the shared runway. Finally an agreement was reached, and the existing airport was opened to Ryanair and other low-cost carriers such as SkyEurope, Germanwings, easyJet and Centralwings.
On March 1, 2007 a separate domestic terminal (T2) was opened.
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