Airport layout & stands
Name Kraków - Balice
Transition Altitude 6500 ft AMSL
Transition Level FL 80 Based on current QNH
ATC Online
  • Preferred runways Departure preferred runways are as follows: 25, 07.
    ATC Clearance

    All flights shall leave TMA Krakow via one of the following fixes:


    SID name shall not be put in the flight plan.

    All SIDs at Krakow are RNAV 1. In order to execute them, your aircraft has to be capable of area navigation (e.g. FMC, GPS, INS).

    If you are unable to comply with SID requirement or altitude restrictions, request a non-standard departure on initial contact with clearance delivery. In that case you may expect radar vectoring after departure. 

    Kraków Delivery (EPKK_DEL) is the clearance delivery station for Krakow Airport. To get your IFR clearance, contact Krakow Delivery not more than 30 minutes before Off Block Time only with your callsign, destination and received ATIS information. Your clearance will contain: runway, assigned SID or other departure instructions, the initial climb, your squawk code and current ATIS information.

    If you are unable to comply with SIDs request a non-standard departure on initial contact with clearance delivery. In that case you may expect radar vectoring after departure.

    Please remember that currently we do not serve DCL/PDC clearance. 

    Taxi procedures

    TWY E not available for aircraft due to lack of edge lights and bad condition of surface.

    TWY Z4, TWY Z5 and TWY Z6 are restricted to aircraft with a wingspan of 52 m or less.

    TWY T and TWY S are restricted to aircraft with a wingspan of 36 m.

    TEMPORARY: TWY G is currently closed due to construction works.

    Lowered friction coefficient occurs during and just after rainfall on TWYs and apron. Caution advised during taxiing.

    Engine tests are allowed only on TWY B.

    Parking procedures

    Stands 1-21 are not available for skid-based helicopters 

    MIL apron 1-3 are only for military aircrafts. Apron for civil aircrafts is on the east side of airport.

    Low Visibility Procedures (LVP)

    When RVR is less than 550 m and/or cloud ceiling is less than 200 ft Low Visibility Procedures are in operation. During LVP for departure and landing only runway 25 should be used. Minimum RVR for departure is 350 m. Minimum RVR for arrival is 550 m (There is no LVP for arrivals).


    At Krakow Airport there are few stands with jetway – 1L/1R, 3L/3R, 4L/4R. If all gates are occupied, regular operators are parking on remote stands. 

    LOW COST 2, 5, 9-12, 13-21
    GA/VIP 17-21
    CARGO 6-8
    Start-up, pushback and taxi

    Pushback is mandatory at stands 1-12. On stands 13-24 you can taxi out of the stand. 

    Start-up and pushback

    Krakow Ground is responsible for all start-up, pushback and taxi. To ensure an adequate traffic flow, have your tow truck already connected when requesting pushback. On some remote stands pushback is not required, just request start-up and then you can taxi out of stand. 


    Before requesting taxi prepare taxi charts for the aerodrome. This is very helpful for both pilots and controllers. 

    Take-off and departure 

    Ground controller will handle you to Tower with “contact” or “monitor frequency” instruction. If you are advised to monitor frequency – do not transmit, wait for controller to call you. When contacting Tower – contact with your callsign only, controller will find you.

    Prior to your departure, you should double check your FMC and the transponder: make sure you have the correct SID, your squawk code set and the transponder operating in Mode C. Be ready for departure upon reaching the holding point. In order to keep runway occupancy to a minimum, expect to receive an immediate takeoff clearance. ATC will assume every aircraft at the holding point is able to commence line up and take-off roll after clearance issued with no delay. If you are unable to comply with it, inform Krakow Tower before being number 1 in departure sequence.

    It is very important to strictly adhere to your SID and initial climb until given further instructions! When contacting the new controller, you should listen for other traffic talking on frequency to not interrupt them.

  • Preffered runways Arrival preferred runways are as follows: 25, 07.
    Arrival Procedures

    Entry to TMA Krakow shall be planned via one of the following entry fixes:


    Expect being assigned the correct STAR.

    As with SIDs, RNAV equipment is required. If you are unable to follow the procedure, put it in your flight plan and inform the ACC controller on initial contact. You may expect vectors for arrival.

    The STARs only define the horizontal flight profile. Every level change (descent) has to be explicitly instructed by the ATC.

    After being issued the approach clearance, the STAR shall be continued until established on final.

    When traffic load permits, you may expect a shortcut to one of the points of the procedure.

    STAR may be cancelled by ATC before FAF/FAP by vectoring to the approach.



    RWY 07: RNP, VOR

    During final approach it is advised to maintain speed of 180 kts or greater (if possible) until 6NM DME and 160 kts or greater (if possible) until 4 NM DME. ATC may impose other speed restrictions.

    If unable to comply, notify ATC immediately.

    On Runway

    For RWY 25 it is preferred to vacate via D or F.

    For RWY 07 it is preferred to vacate via A.

    Taxi-in If not specified otherwise by TWR, after finishing landing roll and vacating the RWY, the crew shall establish communication with Ground (if online).
  • Procedures

    VFR flights in CTR KRAKOW/Balice are required to have a flight plan. Flights shall take place according to the published VFR routes. Shortcuts, other than published, are not permitted.

    Constant (cruising) altitude and pattern altitude for VFR flights in CTR EPKK is 2000 ft. It is caused by dense buildings and high obstacles surrounding the airport. Flights shall not take place below that altitude. Flight above that altitude require coordination with APP or ACC controller (if online).

    Descent below 2000 ft is permitted only in close vicinity of the airport, during published holding procedures over VFR reporting points, approaches and runway operations.

    During high traffic load, aircraft in VFR flight may be instructed to hold as published over the following points:

    Point KILO – Arrival from SIERRA. Holding on the south side of KILO.

    Point ZULU – arrival from INDIA or OSCAR. Holding on the north side of ZULU.

    CTR KRAKOW/Balice is class D airspace.