Airports in Greece

Athens Airport

Since 2001, Athens International Airport has received 91 international awards.

Athens airport has received 91 international awards since 2001. “It has been ranked prominently not only among the airports of Europe but also of the world. The high and honourable distinctions it has received each time, both from airlines and the travelling public, have to do not only with its services but also with its innovations.

With regard to the AirHelp survey (a company for passenger rights and compensation), it is recalled that El. Venizelos”, which once again ranks among the world’s top airports with an impressive performance score of 8.38, scored 8.1 points for the accuracy of flight departures and arrivals, 9.0 for the quality of service and 8.7 for the quality of commercial services. Hamad International Airport came first and Tokyo Haneda International Airport second, while Eindhoven Airport, Kuwait International Airport and Lisbon Portela Airport were ranked at the bottom.

Rhodes Airport

The Rhodes State Airport “Diagoras” (or Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras”) (IATA: RHO, ICAO: LGRP, CAA: KARD) is located in the hamlet of Paradisi, 16 kilometers southwest of Rhodes City.

It is Greece’s fourth busiest airport, with 415,166 domestic passengers and 1,395,021 foreign passengers in 2007. It opened on June 28, 1977, replacing an old civilian airport a few kilometers east of Maritsa, which is now a military airport with the ICAO code LGRD.

The aircraft parking apron has a total area of 110,600 m2 (110,600 sq ft) and can accommodate 13 aircraft, while the terminal building has a total size of 20,753 m2 (20,753 sq ft) and can accommodate 1,700 passengers, with extension and upgrade work still underway. Approach radar has been used to help air traffic control since 2000, and there is an automated flight plan management system. Rhodes airport is open all year and offers amenities such as vehicle rental, parking, and a duty-free shop.

Santorini Airport

Santorini State Airport (IATA: JTR, ICAO: LGSR, CAA: KASP) is located on the eastern side of the island, 6 kilometers from Fira, the city. Since 1976, it has been in operation. It has the capability of handling up to six civilian planes at once.

When the winds blow from the west at greater than 5 Beaufort, landing planes is extremely difficult, and flights are frequently canceled when such circumstances occur.

The privatization of Santorini airport and 13 other regional airports in Greece was completed in December 2015. The Public Private Property Development Fund and the Fraport AG / Kopelouzos Group partnership have signed an agreement under which the 14 airports will be given to the collaboration for 40 years beginning on April 11, 2017.

Heraklion Airport

The Heraklion State Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” (IATA: HER, ICAO: LGIR, CAA: KAIK) is Greece’s second-largest airport. It was named after Nikos Kazantzakis, a Greek novelist. It lies 2 kilometers from the city center, in the Nea Alikarnassos neighborhood.

In early 2025, it will be replaced by the new Heraklion Airport.

Work on the airport expansion began in October 2017. Among the projects, which were entirely funded by the Stores of Assorted Goods S.A. (10.000.000€) following an agreement with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and the CAA, i.e. at no cost to the Greek state, are:

extra space for duty-free shops, 6 new rebuilt food outlets at departures and 2 in the check-in areas, and a terminal extension of 2 900 m2 towards the runway (17 meters).

Reconfiguration of the gates, including the addition of new ones. The airport currently has 11 exits, each with its own lift (9 exits on the ground floor and 2 on the first floor).

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