Corfu International Airport

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Corfu International Airport "Ioannis Kapodistrias"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας
"Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας"
Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport in Corfu.jpg
IATA: CFUICAO: LGKR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Serves Corfu
Location Garitsa, Corfu
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167Coordinates: 39°36′07″N 19°54′42″E / 39.60194°N 19.91167°E / 39.60194; 19.91167
Map
CFU is located in Greece
CFU
CFU
Location in Greece
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,785 2,373 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers served 2.383.353
Passenge change Increase13.1%
Source: Greek AIP at HCAA[1]
Statistics: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Corfu International Airport, "Ioannis Kapodistrias" (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Κέρκυρας, "Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας") or Ioannis Kapodistrias (Capodistrias) International Airport (IATA: CFUICAO: LGKR) is a government-owned airport on the Greek island of Corfu at Kerkyra, serving both scheduled and charter flights from European cities. Air traffic peaks during the summer season, between April and October.

The Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, named after Ioannis Kapodistrias distinguished Corfiot European diplomat and first Governor of Greece,[3] is located around 2 kilometres south of Corfu Town, half a kilometre north of Pontikonisi. The approach and landing, in a northeasterly direction, offer the flying passengers a spectacular aerial view of Pontikonisi and Vlaherna Monastery as well as the hills of Kanoni as the runway used for landing is actually a few hundred metres away from these landmarks.

History[edit]

Travel Service Airlines Boeing 737-800 at Corfu International Airport

The airport was founded in 1937. During Second World War the airport was used by German and Italian forces as a base for transport and fighter aircraft. During the war the runway length was 600m. At the end of April 1949 the length reached 800m. The next and last extension of the runway began in 1957 and was completed in 1959, with a length of 2,373m. The first commercial flight took place on 19 April 1949 from Athens operated by TAE Greek National Airlines. On 2 September 1950 HELLAS also started flights to Corfu. In 1962 a small passenger terminal was built, which today accommodates the Corfu Aeroclub. In April 1965 the airport became International and the first flight was operated by Olympic Airlines. The construction of the new passenger terminal began in 1968 and was completed in 1972.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport offers all-year-long domestic flights operated by Aegean Airlines and Sky Express but the vast majority of traffic in the summer season is charter flights for holidaymakers. The majority of the charter traffic arrives on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays mainly to coincide with the change-over days for holiday apartment rentals.

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Nantes (begins 7 June 2015), Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino (begins 23 June 2015), Saint Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Belfast-International (begins 22 June 2015), Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca,[5] Groningen, Kazan, Košice, Maribor, Marseille, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin, Wrocław
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Nuremberg, Zürich
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Air France Seasonal: Toulouse
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Lyon, Marseille, Nantes
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate (begins 7 August 2015)[6]
Arkefly Seasonal: Amsterdam
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki (PSO)[7]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Graz, Vienna
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blu-express
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow[8]
Condor Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle,[9] Munich
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Amsterdam
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam (begins 30 June 2015),[10] Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 7 June 2015),[11] Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich (begins 16 June 2015)
El Al
operated by Sun d'Or
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil, Riga, Saint Petersburg
Finnair Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Germania Seasonal: Bremen, Münster/Osnabrück (begins 30 June 2015)
Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick[12]
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Hamburg, Stuttgart
HolidayJet
operated by Germania Flug
Seasonal: Zürich
Israir Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
Jet2.com Seasonal: East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Luxair Seasonal charter: Luxembourg
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari, Naples, Verona
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna
NordStar Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: London-Gatwick [13]
Novair Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Stockholm-Arlanda
Orenair Seasonal: Perm, Saint Petersburg
Ryanair Seasonal: Bergamo, Billund, Bremen, Charleroi, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Prestwick, Rome-Ciampino, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
Sky Express Cephalonia (PSO),[7] Kythira (PSO),[7] Preveza (PSO),[7] Zakynthos (PSO)[7]
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick,[12] Manchester
Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick[12]
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines[14]
Seasonal: Budapest (begins 13 June 2015),[15] Brno (begins 4 June 2015),[16] Ostrava, Prague
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted,[17] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Liege
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast-International,[18] Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Transavia.com Seasonal: Amsterdam
Travel Service Hungary Seasonal: Budapest, Debrecen (begins 27 June 2015)[19]
Travel Service Slovakia Seasonal charter: Košice
TUIfly Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna (begins 2 June 2015)
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: Yekaterinburg
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux,[20] Venice (begin 26 June 2015)
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona (begins 20 June 2015), Rome-Fiumicino[21]
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin

Ground transportation[edit]

There is a taxi rank outside the terminal and a bus stop connecting[22] the airport with Corfu Town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greek AIP at HCAA website". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "HCAA Corfu Airport Statistics". Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ William Philip Chapman (1993). Karystos: city-state and country town. Uptown Press. p. 163. Retrieved 3 August 2012. Actually, Russia's distinguished diplomat and Foreign Minister, and later Greece's first president (1827-3 1)... 
  4. ^ Corfu Airport History. http://www.corfu-airport.com. Retrieved on 20 August 2013.
  5. ^ "CHARTER FLIGHTS". airportcluj.ro. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  6. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/01/19/az-lin-aug15/
  7. ^ a b c d e "ΠΑΡΟΧΗ ΔΗΜΟΣΙΑΣ ΥΠΗΡΕΣΙΑΣ (ΑΓΟΝΕΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΕΣ)". ypa.gr. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.thetoc.gr/eng/food--travel/article/british-airways-to-add-routes-to-corfu-and-kos
  9. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2013/09/12/de-europe-s14/
  10. ^ "easyJet adds 20 new routes for summer 2015". EasyJet. 10 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "New routes for summer 2015". easyJet. 
  12. ^ a b c "Flight timetables". gatwickairport.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  13. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2013/10/17/dy-lgw787-s14/
  14. ^ "SmartWings Flight schedule". smartwings.com. 
  15. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/03/23/qs-hungary-s15/
  16. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/11/19/qs-s15update1/
  17. ^ Choose Flights. Thomas Cook Airlines (1 October 2012). Retrieved on 20 August 2013.
  18. ^ http://www.thomson.co.uk/thomson/page/byo/search/departureAirPortFlights.page?departureAirPort=BFS
  19. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/04/30/7o-s15/
  20. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/10/07/v7-s15update1/
  21. ^ Vueling open 24 new routes from Rome
  22. ^ "CorfuTime newspaper blog: "New Corfu Town-Airport bus route" (in Greek)". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

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