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International Airport of Kos KGS

Kos airport began operating in 1963 with a runway of only 1200 meters. With the island’s growing popularity as a tourist destination, a new terminal was built in 1980 and the runway doubled to 2,400 meters. In 1997, a new Arrivals building was added, thus increasing the total area of ​​the facilities to 3000 square meters.

In December 2015, the privatization of the international airport of the island of Kos and of 13 other regional airports in Greece was finalized with the signing of the agreement between the joint Fraport AG / Copelouzos and the state fund for privatizations.

Kos airport receives and offers regular flights to Athens and Rhodes. As a result of the development of Kos airport as a preferred destination, the airport operates many charter flights. As an international entry point, the airport handles millions of passengers annually and flies non-stop to 33 cities around the world.

If you plan to stay on the island of Kos or stop over on a tour of the islands, there are many airlines that offer direct charter flights to Kos International Airport.

The list of companies that serve the island of Kos bears the names of the major tourist industry companies such as Aegean airlines Olympic airlines, EasyJet, Ryanair, Transavia, Thomson, Lufthansa


The airport is located roughly in the center of the island, near the village of Antimachia, in turn near Agios Stefanos, a famous seaside resort. It is located 22 km southwest of the island’s capital, the city of Kos. Built in 1960, the small building serves nearly 2 million travelers a year and is particularly busy during the summer. It is ranked as the sixth-busiest airport in Greece.

Terminal and services

The airport is quite large considering that this is actually one of the smallest islands in Greece, but it can get crowded in the height of summer. There is only one terminal and, although it has some facilities, these could be improved.
Charter flights are also received, especially between June and September. Local carriers Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines offer daily flights to Athens.

Kos airport public trasnport

Once you have landed you can choose whether to rely on buses for your travels, KTEL public transport stops outside Kos airport and reaches the capital of the island and other destinations, by taxi or by renting a ” car to be collected comfortably in the agencies present in the airport.

By bus

A single public bus service, managed by KTEL, connects the airport to Kos Town and also reaches other famous destinations and places on the island such as Marmari, Mastihari, Pyli and Tigaki.

The bus stop is about 20 meters from the exit of the airport arrivals hall and the journey time to Kos town is about 40 minutes.

By taxi

Taxis are a convenient and economical solution to reach the various locations of Kos and your accommodation, especially if you are staying in structures outside the city. The cars are located outside the terminal.

Private Taxi Transfers

Private (or shared) transfers are an excellent alternative to public transport at a slightly higher cost, especially if you are traveling in a group.

Unlike the buses that follow a predefined route, making stops only where provided, the transfers are at your disposal and will take you directly to your destination, avoiding further transfers with luggage in tow. In particular, private transfers for exclusive use are comparable to a taxi service.

Kos airport parking

The Kos airport car park has spaces for 100 cars and 80 buses.
The cost is € 3.80 / hour for short-term parking, while long-term parking cost € 26 per day
Parking, € 39 for two days and € 50 per day for the following ones.

Map of the Airport of Kos