Kalamata International Airport

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Kalamata International Airport
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας

IATA: KLXICAO: LGKL

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Location of airport in Greece
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Location Kalamata
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 37°04′06.18″N 22°01′32.29″E / 37.0683833°N 22.0256361°E / 37.0683833; 22.0256361Coordinates: 37°04′06.18″N 22°01′32.29″E / 37.0683833°N 22.0256361°E / 37.0683833; 22.0256361
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17R/35L 8,868 2,703 Asphalt
17L/35R 9,436 2,876 (now taxiway)
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft Operations 1,096
Passengers 75,800

Kalamata International Airport (Greek: Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Καλαμάτας) (IATA: KLXICAO: LGKL) "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos" is an airport in the city of Kalamata, Greece. It mainly receives charter flights during the summer. On March 2013, Aegean Airlines opened a base in the airport.[1]

The airport is located between Kalamata and Messini on GR-82 (Pylos – Kalamata – Sparta) and west of the train tracks on the Pamisos River plain. The runway is about 2.7 km long and runs from north to south from the highway north to the plain. The terminal lies to the east and is accessed with GR-7/E55/E65 (Kalamata – Tripoli – Corinth).

It is featured in the opening scene of the 2013 film Before Midnight.

Military Base[edit]

There is a military base of the Hellenic Air Force and an air-training department to the west of the runway. Hellenic Air Force uses the same runway as the commercial airplanes.

History[edit]

  • 1959 – Kalamata International Airport opens
  • 1986 – Charter flights begin to operate out of the airport
  • 1991 – New aircraft terminal was built
  • 1991 – Operated by Hellenic Civil Aviation
  • 2012 – Renamed "Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos" after Vassilis C. Constantakopoulos

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Summer seasonal: Düsseldorf, Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Stockholm-Arlanda
Summer seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki (PSO)
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Summer seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Summer seasonal charter: London-Heathrow[2]
Condor Summer seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Enter Air Summer seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin
easyJet Summer seasonal: London-Gatwick
Middle East Airlines Summer seasonal charter: Beirut
Niki Summer seasonal: Vienna
Ryanair Summer seasonal: Bergamo
Small Planet Airlines Summer seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznan
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Summer seasonal: Prague[3]
Thomas Cook Airlines Summer seasonal charter: Birmingham (begins 24 May 2015), London-Gatwick,[2] Manchester[2]
Transavia.com Summer seasonal: Amsterdam[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 16 October 1971 an Olympic Airways NAMC YS-11 was hijacked. It had departed from Kalamata International Airport to Hellinikon International Airport. All 64 passengers survived. One hijacker demanded to be taken to Lebanon. Plane stormed and hijacker arrested. The hijacking lasted less than a day.

On November 2001, fourteen plane spotters (12 British and 2 Dutch) were arrested by the police after being observed taking photos of the air base.

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