Information about the Airport of Leros

leros-airport-LRS Leros Airport (IATA Code – LRS) is located in the northern part of the island at Partheni. It started operating in 1984, and is for small planes with about 50 seats.

The airline that serves the island is Olympic Air. Usually the Olympic closes 25 seats for each flight and you depend on the pilot and the winds if more people will enter.

If you do not find a ticket you can get on hold and get to the airport early usually there is a 90% chance you will fly. The offices of Olympic air have been transferred to the airport.

Useful information

Phones +30 2247022275 and +30 2467044330. Flights to Athens are at 11 am and every Wednesday there are 2 flights. From Athens the flight starts at about 9.30, flight duration 45-55 minutes.
The area of ​​the airport facilities is 180 m2. Runway length 1015×30 m.
Information from Spata Olympic Air tel. +30 210 9368424

Expancion plans

Leros has made great efforts to widen the runway so that large planes can land but without success so far. If this happens, not only Leros but also Patmos and Lipsi will benefit. The issue escalates politically mainly for the tourist interests of other larger islands.

Getting to the Airport

There is no bus to the Airport of Leros, but you can take a taxi. the airport locatef about 3 km from Platanos where is also the taxi stand and 7 km from the port of Lakki

About Leros

Leros is an Aegean island in the Dodecanese archipelago. Famous in ancient times for the cult of the goddess Artemis, today it is an island with a prevalent tourist economy. From an administrative point of view it is part of the municipality of the same name, which also includes some surrounding islets.

The first inhabitants of Leros were the Karians. Homer reports that the Kalinde islands, probably Leros and Kalymnos,  had participated in the Trojan campaign by sending ships. Later the Dorians conquered and colonized Leros.
They were, in turn, driven out by colonists from Miletus, coming from the nearby coasts of Asia Minor. When Miletus was conquered by the Persians, Lero followed the fate of the mother country. During the Peloponnesian War Leros suffered the alternate dominance of Athens and Sparta. From the Hellenistic period to the present day it followed the fate of Rhodes. It passed to the Byzantine Empire and in the 13th century it was included in the status of the Knights of St John.

What to see

The Brouzi Fortress, built in Roman period style, is located on the ruins of the ancient city at the entrance to the port of Agia Marina.

Lakki

The memorial on the beach commemorates the sinking of the British destroyer HMS Intrepid by the German Luftwaffe during an attack on September 26, 1943

Partheni

According to archaeologists, based on inscriptions and philological sources, the temple of the goddess Artemis was located on a hill west of today’s airport, of which only scanty remains have survived. Today there is a small chapel.
Systematic excavations have not yet been carried out, but traces from the Hellenistic period have been found there. 

The castle of Leros was built in the Byzantine period on the ruins of the ancient fortress of Leros. Excavations have revealed ancient tombs from the 7th century BC. to daylight. In the event of enemy attacks by robbers and pirates, the population retreated here for protection.

In calm and peaceful times, people lived in the houses in front of the fortress. Around 180 old houses from that time are still abandoned and in need of renovation at this location. Inside the castle is the monastery of Our Lady from 1300 AD with remarkable frescoes. There is also a collection of icons, manuscripts, baptismal fonts and an epitaph of archaeological but also Byzantine ecclesiastical interest. There are numerous tales and folk legends related to the icon of Virgin Mary.

Getting there

There are daily ferry services to and from Piraeus via Amorgos and Patmos, taking around eight to eleven hours to travel the 171 nautical miles. There are also boat connections to Kalymnos, Kos and Rhodes. During the summer months, Leros is connected to the islands of Patmos, Lipsi, Kos, Rhodes and Samos by hydrofoil or catamaran ferry.

In addition, the island has its own Leros Airport in the north near the village of Partheni with a runway of 1012 m length. Olympic Air flies to Leros from Athens, Rhodes, Astypalea and Kalymnos. Read more about Leros

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