I was in Poland recently, which involved flying to and from Lublin airport in the east of the country. Although there has been an airfield in Swidnik – the town near Lublin that is home to the airport – since 1939, and an aviation factory building helicopters since 1956, there has only been a commercial airport here since December 2012. Being a new build location, there are good facilities at the airport that impressed me enough to write a few words about it.
The train station at Lublin airport is remarkably close to the terminal, with the walk from the entrance to the check in area being ten or fifteen paces from the door at the end of the railway platform, where trains take passengers to the city’s main station in about 15 minutes. If you arrive by car, then the short stay car park and drop off area are a few steps from the door of the airport, as is the car hire pick up area, which was our method of transport away from and back to the airport.
The check in area itself has a rather nice model aircraft hanging over it.
Our check in process was simple and the staff were very helpful, and our journey through security to go air side was quick and efficient. Travelling with a two year old is often difficult as finding things to occupy children whilst waiting for the next stage in the journey can take both skill and imagination. We were impressed, therefore, that the airport had a soft play ship that seemed to be keeping plenty of the younger travellers entertained, and if that was not enough, there were other toys and even a drawing area with a blackboard and a long roll of paper and various pens.
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Given that this is a regional airport with fewer than 200 000 passengers per year, I was impressed at the facilities on offer. Our progress through immigration was swift, and soon we were walking across the airport and back on to a plane home, completing an unusually pleasant journey through an airport.