Krakow Airport is the largest regional airport in Poland. The operational area of the airport covers south-eastern Poland inhabited by around 7.9 million people within 100 km of the airport. The airport is located in the south of Poland, 11 km west of Kraków, at 241 m above sea level. GPS coordinates; N: 50 ̊4' 21" E: 19 ̊48' 21" .
The beginnings of civil aviation at Krakow Airport date back to 1964 when the military authorities assigned 10 ha of its area for future civil aviation purposes and granted the civil operator all permits required for the use of airport facilities. On 29th February 1964 the first scheduled PLL LOT aircraft landed in Balice.
The airport covers a total area of 310 ha, including 27.5 ha managed by John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport Ltd. The military part of the airport, where the 8th Airlift Base is located, is not considered part of the total area.
Krakow Airport is equipped with the ILS, NDB, and DVOR navigation systems. In the direction 25, an ALPA-ATA cat. II approach lighting system with flashing lights installed. In the direction 07, there is a simplified IDMAN approach lighting system. The airport apron equals 90,000 m2 and currently provides space for 23 C-code aircrafts.
In accordance with the ICAO standards, the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting services provide Category Eight in terms of airport rescue and fire fighting protection.