greek airports

Airports of Greece

greek airports map Greece’s main airport is Eleftherios Venizelos located in Spata of Athens the code name is ATH. The new airport replaced the old Athens airport in Glyfada at Hellenikon in 2001. The airport is one of the most modern and newest in Europe and connects Greece with all other countries worldwide. Access to Athens via the new Attiki Odos, by metro, buses, railway and taxis.

The airport is the base of the 2 main airlines of Greece namely Olympic and Aegean both airlines offer flights to Greece from many countries worldwide.

The airport of Thessaloniki Macedonia SKG located in the area of Mikra of Kalamaria in Thessaloniki . Access to Thessaloniki by buses
The Airport I.Daskalogianis CHQ located in Chania Crete, distance from the city of Chania is about 10 miles.
The Airport Nikos Kazantzakis HER locate in Heraklion Crete about 4 kilometres from the city of Heraklion.
The above 4 Airports are the busiest airports of Greece throughout the Year.

Other International airports in Greece are the airports of Corfu (Ioannis Kapodistrias) CFU, Kalamata KLX, Kefalonia EFL, Kavala KVA, Kos (Ippokratis) KGS, the airport located about 25 km from Kos town and is very busy during the tourist season, it serves many charter flights from many European countries, the Airport of Limnos LXS located about 20 km from Mirina, another very busy airport during the summer season is the Rhodes airport Diagoras RHO in Paradisi that replaced in 1977 the older airport in Maritsa.

Kalamata International Airport (KLX)

Kalamata Airport , serves, Pylos – Kalamata – Sparta, is located along the southern part of the Peloponnese, 223 kilometers from Athens, 215 from Patras and 715 from Thessaloniki. The airport is located 8 kilometers from Kalamata, a town overlooking the Ionian Sea in the southwest, a tourist destination that has been developing a lot in recent years.

Kalymnos airport JKL

Kalymnos airport serve both domestic and international flights. Friendly staff will help you go through customs and passport control by passengers, check in their baggage and carry-on baggage. The waiting rooms that are equipped with comfortable armchairs, bars, restaurants, duty-free shops, free Wi-Fi will allow you to calmly wait for your flight. Most major airports have a business lounge where you can use the telephone, fax or hold your business meeting. And for passengers with small children there is a children’s room.

Kos International Airport (KGS)

Kos airport located in the central-southern part of Kos, 26 kilometers southwest of the capital and near the villages of Antimachia and Kardamena. The relatively large airport has two terminals and was renovated and expanded in 1997. In winter, daily connections reach Athens and Thessaloniki, while in summer, numerous charter flights reach the island of Kos from major European locations and from the main Italian airports thanks to to the great tourist vocation of the island.

Leros Airport (LRS)

Leros Airport located at Partheni in the nort part of the island. It is an important national airport in Greece in the southern Aegean Sea. The island of Leros is part of the Dodecanese prefecture and, located exactly between Kalymnos and Patmos, geographically belongs to Asia Minor. The airport is administered by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, which is also responsible for the supervision of Greek airspace.

Mykonos International Airport (JMK)

Mykonos Airport is a small international airport just 4 kilometers southeast of the capital of the island of the Cyclades archipelago, an ideal destination for all lovers of entertainment and nightlife. The building is modern and has two passenger terminals, a freight terminal and a cafeteria. During the tourist season, from the end of April to the end of September, the airport offers numerous charter connections with the main Italian airports and numerous European destinations, as well as internal connections with mainland Greece and the other islands of the Cyclades archipelago, of the Dodecanese and Crete.

Samos Airport (SMI)

The airport of Samos located in the southeastern part of the island, about 14 kilometers from Samos City, 4 kilometers from the village of Pythagorion, 37 kilometers from Karlovasi and 42 kilometers from Ormos Matathokambos. Samos International Airport is named after the astronomer and mathematician Aristarchus and has a single runway, serving both arrivals and departures, and a recently renovated passenger terminal, which offers some comforts and services such as two bars, a shop duty-free, a baby room, ATMs, travel agencies, car rental.

Santorini International Airport (JTR)

Santorini airport is located 7 kilometers south of the capital Fira, north of the village of Kamari and not far from the village of Monolithos, in the central eastern part of the island. The airport is connected to most international airports by direct flights operated by national and low-cost airlines, although it is sometimes necessary to make a stopover in Athens. The Greek capital is connected with the island of Thira with a flight lasting just 45 minutes

Zakynthos Airport ZTH 

Zakynthos International Airport “Dionysios Solomos” ZTH is located in the Ampelokipoi area, 6 km from the capital of Zakynthos. Located very near from the area of Laganas. The airport is named after the national poet of Greece Dionysios Solomos.
The operation of the Zakynthos Airport began in 1972. In June 1982, the works on the new passenger terminal of the Airport was completed and it became the Zakynthos International Airport that serves as well foreign and charter flights

 

Other Airports

The Samos airport Aristarchos SMI located 3 miles from the capital of the island, the airport of Mytilene MJT Odysseas Elitis is very near to the island’s main town, finally the airport of Zakynthos Dionyssios Solomos ZTH is only 3 kms from Zante town. Domestic airports that connecting directly to Athens are in Aktio, Aghialos, Araxos, Astipalea, Chios, Ikaria, Ioannina, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastelorizo, Kastoria , Kithira, Kozani, Leros, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Skiathos, Skiros, Siros and sitia Crete.

Aviation plays a very important role in the national economy of Greece. Worldwide, 99% of long-distance passenger traffic is made by air transport. Apart from this, however, there is also the logic of the economy. Where there is an airport, where there is a fast connection, especially in a country like Greece, then there is also economic development. Greece has 34 island international airports while all of Germany has just 26 international airports, that is to understand how important air transport is in a country like Greece where there is no good road network

Greece is a popular tourist destination due to its magnificent beaches, entertainment, climate, food and archaeological sites. There are about 40 international and domestic airports. The two main airports of mainland Greece are Athens and Thessaloniki airport, where it is often possible to make a stopover before reaching your final destination which could be one of the wonderful islands of the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Ionian and the north Aegean islands or Crete.

From Athens airport you can reach your holiday destinations with a flight lasting from 40 minutes to one hour. The airports are located on numerous islands and different provinces and are busy especially in the summer when numerous charter and national flights are available to tourists. The Greek islands that have an airport with direct connections to many European countries and the UK are : Zakynthos, Corfu, Crete, Karpathos, Kos, Leros, Kalymnos, Lefkada, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and others.

Flights to Greece

Flights to Greece are readily available in these days of package holiday tourism which has seen air fares falling and flight numbers soaring in recent years. You can fly direct to Greece and many of the islands from several European destinations, securing a low cost flight either independently or as part of a package deal.

Some of the best budget air fares are to be found on the Internet so it’s worth taking the time to scout around before you hand your money over to a high street agent. The UK currently has more than a dozen airports from which you can fly straight to your Greek holiday destination. These include Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle.

Plumping for a cheap charter flight means you won’t get all the creature comforts of a scheduled service.but just think of all that extra cash you’ll have to spend on ouzo and souvlaki!

If comfort is more important to you than a cheap air fare you’ll probably want to book a scheduled flight. The national airline of Greece, Olympic Airways, serves a worldwide network of destinations including New York, Johannesburg, Sydney, Bahrain and Toronto. If you pay more for an Olympian Executive Class ticket you’ll enjoy all sorts of extra goodies including access to a VIP lounge at Athens and other international airports, priority baggage collection, a choice of menu and an extensive in-flight entertainment programme.

Olympic Airways has regular domestic flights connecting many of the Greek islands but it’s an expensive way to island-hop. You’ll be better off getting a cheap flight to Athens then island-hopping by boat or hunt around for a low-cost plane ticket directly to one of the islands.

Greece has a total of 16 international airports the busiest being, of course, Athens which handles all intercontinental air traffic. Thessaloniki in northern Greece handles both scheduled and charter flights from several European destinations including London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Istanbul. Iraklio Airport on the island of Crete has a scheduled service to and from Amsterdam and also handles a large number of charter flights. Crete also has another international airport at Hania which solely handles charter services.

Other international airports can be found on the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Kos, Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. These airports are used largely by British, German and Scandinavian package holidaymakers.

To reach the Ionian island of Lefkada you can fly into Aktion International Airport on the west coast of Central Greece. The island is connected to the mainland by a drawbridge and is only a 30-minute bus ride from the airport. The international airport at Hrysoupolis in Macedonia gives easy access to the northernmost of the North Eastern Aegean Islands, Thassos and Samothraki.

A few years ago bugdget flights were confined to Athens , after which travellers headed for the port at Pireaus and a long ferry trip or took an early morining domestic flight to the islands.

On larger islands like Corfu, Lesbos, Crete and Kos, it is a general rule of thumb that the further you are from the airport the more traditional it gets. On smaller islands, such as Skiathos, an international airport can swamp any chance of an authentic Greek experience.

Most of the smaller islands have an airport runway, but only long enough to take domestic flights, usually from Athens but sometimes from larger islands such as Crete and Rhodes. Most domestic Greek island flights are aimed at commuters, not tourists, and so many take off early morning and return early evening.

Delays at Greek airports

Expect long delays at Greek airports, especially at the height of the summer season. Incoming charter flights from all over Europe are often scheduled for the same day; check-in desks open at the same time and baggage handlers will often wait until there is more than one plane to load/unload.

Facilites at Greek aiports

Facilites at Greek aiports are usually a bit thin on the ground. Seating is not usually adequate for the numbers and, though ther is usually a snack bar and gift shop, they are usually very small and provide only the basics. It’s a good idea to take your own refreshments and hats or brollies to provide shade. You may end up standing in the blazing sun for a couple of hours before queues start to move. Myself, I head for the nearest taverna and turn up when the crowds have gone.

International flights to Greece and the Greek islands

There are five major international airports: Athens, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos and Thessaloniki. Standards here tend to be relatively higher than most island airports with good links to ports and decent public transport. The new airport at Athens is the best example. Kos is the odd one out here, having no public transport so your only way out in by hoiday company bus, hire car or taxi.

Several islands take charter flights over the summer season (May to Oct) and these include:
IONIAN: Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos
AEGEAN: Samos
SPORADES: Skiathos
CYCLADES: Mykonos, Santorini
DODECANESE: Kos, Rhodes
CRETE: Chania, Heraklion
Tourists for Thassos fly to Kavala and those for Lefkas land at Prevezza on the mainland.

 

Domestic flights for the Greek islands

As well as domestic flights to all the main islands other Greek islands may take domestic flights, usually from Athens. These include:
AEGEAN: Chios, Ikaria, Lemnos, Lesbos
SPORADES: Skyros
CYCLADES: Astipalaia, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Syros
DODECANESE: Karpathos, Kastelorizo, Leros
CRETE: Sita

Olympic Airlines operates almost all domestic flights. You must reserve seats on domestic flights, especially in August or on public holidays. Delays in domestic flights are common and smaller planes cannot take off or land when it is windy.

Passing through a Greek island charter airport can be a dismal experience. Most have nothing but basic facilities. Flights in are not so bad, although you may have to wait for your luggage as airport workers think nothing of waiting for the next flight to arrive to save themselves an extra journey to the terminal building. Charter flights out are nearly always arranged to leave at roughly the same time so airport check-ins are packed, seating sparse and tempers frayed. Flight delays of more than an hour are common.

Facilites at Greek aiports are usually a bit thin on the ground. Seating is not usually adequate for the numbers and, though ther is usually a snack bar and gift shop, they are usually very small and provide only the basics. It’s a good idea to take your own refreshments and hats or brollies to provide shade. You may end up standing in the blazing sun for a couple of hours before queues start to move. Myself, I head for the nearest taverna and turn up when the crowds have gone.

 

Several islands take charter flights over the summer season (May to Oct) and these include:
IONIAN: Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos
AEGEAN: Samos
SPORADES: Skiathos
CYCLADES: Mykonos, Santorini
DODECANESE: Kos, Rhodes
CRETE: Chania, Heraklion
Tourists for Thassos fly to Kavala and those for Lefkas land at Prevezza on the mainland.

Domestic flights for the Greek islands

As well as domestic flights to all the main islands other Greek islands may take domestic flights, usually from Athens. These include:
AEGEAN: Chios, Ikaria, Lemnos, Lesbos
SPORADES: Skyros
CYCLADES: Astipalaia, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Syros
DODECANESE: Karpathos, Kastelorizo, Leros
CRETE: Sita

Olympic Airlines operates almost all domestic flights. You must reserve seats on domestic flights, especially in August or on public holidays. Delays in domestic flights are common and smaller planes cannot take off or land when it is windy.

Passing through a Greek island charter airport can be a dismal experience. Most have nothing but basic facilities. Flights in are not so bad, although you may have to wait for your luggage as airport workers think nothing of waiting for the next flight to arrive to save themselves an extra journey to the terminal building. Charter flights out are nearly always arranged to leave at roughly the same time so airport check-ins are packed, seating sparse and tempers frayed. Flight delays of more than an hour are common.

List of all Greek airports

Mainland Greece

Athens international Airport ATH

Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” ATH serves Athens Greece and the rest of the country. It began operations in 2001 and replaced Hellinikon International Airport, which served Athens for 60 years.
It was named in honor of the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos, who as Prime Minister of Greece who established the Ministry of Aviation and made systematic efforts to organize Civil Aviation.
At the airport, several airlines have their base, among them, Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Ryanair and others.

Thessaloniki Airport

The International Airport of Thessaloniki “Macedonia” SKG is located 15 km southeast of the city of Thessaloniki, in the Municipality of Thermi and in 2008 it was the third busiest airport in Greece. It used to be called Mikras Airport, but was renamed in 1992 after the historical geographical region of Macedonia. In 1950 the already existing  runway was asphalted to a length of 1,800 m and in 1952 it was extended to a length of 2,000 m. In the same year the construction of the first air station was completed, with the control tower on the roof. 

Crete airports

Heraklion Airport HER

Heraklion is the main airport of Crete. It serves national and international flights as well as charter flights from many European countries and the UK. The airport start operating in 1939. It is located not far from the city’s harbor. The Airport of Heraklion “Nikos Kazantzakis” (HER) is the second most important Greek airport. It was named after the writer Nikos Kazantzakis. Located two kilometers from the city center of Heraklion of Crete, in the area of Nea Alikarnassos. The airport first opened in March 1939.
In 1947 the first (terminal was built. Hellenic Airlines started commercial flights in 1948. Today the airport serves national and international flights.

Chania Airport CHQ

Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis CHQ is located on the peninsula of Akrotiri (or Souda) and is approximately 14 kilometres from the city of Chania. The airport is an entry point to Western Crete for an increasing number of tourists.
Less crowded than Heraklion airport, Chania airport is connected throughout the year with daily flights to and from Athens and Thessaloniki and in the summer period, from the end of April to the end of October there are charter flights that connect Chania with major European destinations

Action Airport

The national Airport Action is located in the region of Aetoloakarnania prefecture and belongs in the Municipality Anaktoriou. It abstains from the city of Vonitsa 13 km, 4 km from Preveza and 20 km from the downtown of Lefkas.
It functioned for first time as Political Airport in 1968. In 1988 were transported in new installations of extent 970 m2. In 1955 were recognized as international. In the 4/4/03 became the openings of new modern installations of area 7500 m2.

Alexandroupolis Airport

The Airport of Alexandroupoli “Democritus” located in distance of 7 km from the centre of city of Alexandroupolis in the Thrace. Initially it was constituted by a small building and a small runway.
In 1955 were recognized as international. In 1975 were manufactured the existing infrastructure in buildings and runway. In 1992 received the nickname “Demokritus” horary of ancient atomic philosopher Demokritus that was born in Avdira at Thrace.

Araxos Airport (GPA)

The airport of araxos, is located west of the Achaia Region, in the Peloponnese, the southern Greek peninsula washed by the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea, 45 kilometers from the city of Patras, 60 kilometers north of Pyrgos and 260 kilometers from Athens. In the summer period the araxos patrai airport, also known as Agamemnon airport, is connected with the main European cities by charter flights, in addition to the national ones active during the year and which reach several locations including Thessaloniki and Crete. The stopover is an excellent starting point for discovering the wonderful Greek Ionian islands and the beaches of the west coast of the Peloponnese.

Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

The airport is located along the southwestern coast of Kefalonia, just 8 kilometers from the island’s capital and close to the tourist villages of Keramies, Metaxata. The airport’s only terminal is used for both departures and arrivals and in the summer months, from May to the end of September, when numerous charter flights join the Olympic Arilines routes that connect Kefalonia with Athens and Thessaloniki all year round. , it can get crowded. To reach your destination from the airport, you can use the taxi service, buses or rent a car.

Zakynthos Airport ZTH 

Zakynthos International Airport “Dionysios Solomos” ZTH is located in the Ampelokipoi area, 6 km from the capital of Zakynthos. Located very near from the area of Laganas. The airport is named after the national poet of Greece Dionysios Solomos.
The operation of the Zakynthos Airport began in 1972. In June 1982, the works on the new passenger terminal of the Airport was completed and it became the Zakynthos International Airport that serves as well foreign and charter flights

Rhodes International Airport (RHO)

Rhodes International Airport Diagoras (RHO), is located along the west coast of the island 14 kilometers southwest of the city of Rhodes and in the immediate vicinity of the village of Paradisi. The airport, the fourth for passenger traffic in Greece, is connected with numerous Greek cities such as Athens, Thessaloniki, Iraklio and Mykonos, just to list a few, and with various European airports, especially in the summer when charter flights reach Europe. and the Middle East

Karpathos Airport AOK

Karpathos Airport located in the extreme south of the island. Its IATA code is AOK and is located 15 km from the city of Karpathos, it was opened in 1970 and has seen almost constant increases in passenger traffic since then. The only airline that flies to Karpathos in the winter is Olympic Air, a regional subsidiary of the Greek airline Aegean Airlines, which flies to Karpathos from Athens, Kasos, Rhodes and Sitia to ensure territorial continuity. For the rest, the airport is stormed in the summer season by various airlines, scheduled and charter, which connect the Greek island with the rest of Europe.

Kefalonia Airport (EFL)

Kefalonia International Airport (EFL), is located along the southwestern coast of the largest island of the Ionian archipelago, just 8 kilometers from the island’s capital and close to the tourist villages of Keramies, Metaxata , Monoampeles and Sarlata. The airport’s only terminal is used for both departures and arrivals and in the summer months, from May to the end of September, when numerous charter flights join the Olympic Arilines routes that connect Kefalonia with Athens and Thessaloniki all year round. , it can get crowded.