Araxos Airport

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Araxos Airport
Αεροδρόμιο Αράξου
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GPA is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Airport type Military / Civilian
Owner Greek Armed Forces
Operator Hellenic Air Force and the Civil Aviation Authority of Greece
Serves Patras & Pyrgos, Greece
Location Araxos
Elevation AMSL 46 ft / 14 m
Coordinates 38°09′04″N 021°25′32″E / 38.15111°N 21.42556°E / 38.15111; 21.42556
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L 3,352 10,997 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Araxos Airport (Greek: Αεροδρόμιο Αράξου) (IATA: GPAICAO: LGRX) is an international military / civilian airport located near Araxos cape, Achaea, Greece. It serves the city of Patras as well as the western Peloponnese.

It is also known as Araxos National Airport.[3] or Agamemnon Airport. It serves (primarily) as an active air base for the Hellenic Air Force, with some civilian services to European destinations in the summer months.

Location and access[edit]

Araxos airport is located 45 km west of the city of Patras and 60 km north of Pyrgos. There are bus services from Patras to Araxos.

116th Combat Wing[edit]

Araxos was established as a military airport in 1936, but construction of the runway was not completed until 1941, when it also became the site of the first radar installation in Greece.[4]

The airport has served as the home base of the Hellenic Air Force's 116th Combat Wing (116 Πτέρυγα Μάχης) since May 1969, and of its precursor the 116th Combat Group (116 Σμηναρχία Μάχης) since April 1962. It currently comprises the 336th Bomber Squadron and 335th Squadron.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[5]
Air Berlin Seasonal: Zürich[6]
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Vienna
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk-National[7]
Bluebird Airways Seasonal charter: Moscow-Vnukovo[8]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Orenair Seasonal charter: St Petersburg
Ryanair Seasonal: Paphos
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick [9]
Transaero Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Prague[10]
TUIfly Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna (begins 22 May 2015)
VIM Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo[11]


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