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 (2013)
Passengers served 2.106.818
Passenge change Increase10.0%
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 the World War II 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 domestic flights with Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, 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. Monday: British Day - Busiest Day Tuesday: German Day Wednesday: A mix up of airlines - Ryanair. Thursday: Quietest day but still a mix up of airlines Friday: British Day Saturday: German Day Sunday: Nordic Day

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Kazan, Košice, Maribor, Marseille, Nantes, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Poznań, Wroclaw, Warsaw-Chopin
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Münster/Osnabrück, Munich, Nuremberg, Zurich
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Air France Seasonal: Toulouse
Air Méditerranée Seasonal: Lyon, Marseille, Nantes
Arkefly Seasonal: Amsterdam
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki (PSO)
Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Seasonal: Graz, Vienna
Aviolet
operated by Air Serbia
Seasonal charter: Belgrade
Blu-express
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Condor Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle,[5] Munich
Corendon Dutch Airlines seasonal: Amsterdam
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Rome-Fiumicino, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Ellinair Seasonal: Bari, Moscow-Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg, Kiev-Boryspil, Kazan, Perm, Riga, Samara, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg
Finnair Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Germania Seasonal: Bremen
Germanwings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
Jet2.com Seasonal: East Midlands, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Luxair Seasonal charter: Luxembourg
Mistral Air Seasonal: Bari, Naples, Verona
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Luton
Seasonal charter: Birmingham, London-Gatwick, Manchester
Niki Seasonal: Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna
NordStar Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, London-Gatwick,[6] Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Seasonal charter: Visby
Novair Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda
Orenair Seasonal: Perm, St Petersburg
Ryanair Seasonal: Bremen, Bergamo, Billund, Charleroi, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow-Prestwick, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Moss/Rygge, Rome-Ciampino, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Oslo-Gardermoen
Sky Express Preveza (PSO)
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal : London-Gatwick Manchester
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Budapest, Prague, Ostrava
Swiss International Airlines Seasonal : Geneva
TAROM Seasonal charter:Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted,[7] Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast-International,[8] Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo
Transavia.com Seasonal: Amsterdam
Seasonal charter: Groningen, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Budapest, Košice
TUIfly Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna (Begins 26 May 2015)
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Yekaterinburg
Volotea Seasonal: Venice-Marco Polo
Vueling Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino[9]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest, Warsaw-Chopin, Vilnius
White Airways Seasonal charter: Athens, Lisbon [10]

Ground transportation[edit]

There is a taxi rank outside the terminal and a bus stop connecting[11] the airport with Corfu Town.

External links[edit]

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. www.corfu-airport.com. Retrieved on 20 August 2013.
  5. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2013/09/12/de-europe-s14/
  6. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2013/10/17/dy-lgw787-s14/
  7. ^ Choose Flights. Thomas Cook Airlines (1 October 2012). Retrieved on 20 August 2013.
  8. ^ http://www.thomson.co.uk/thomson/page/byo/search/departureAirPortFlights.page?departureAirPort=BFS
  9. ^ Vueling open 24 new routes from Rome
  10. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=676301409099145&set=a.478790142183607.112427.476290915766863&type=1&theater
  11. ^ "CorfuTime newspaper blog: "New Corfu Town-Airport bus route" (in Greek)". Retrieved 7 August 2012.