Samos International Airport

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Samos International Airport "Aristarchos of Samos"
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σάμου "Αρίσταρχος ο Σάμιος»
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SMI is located in Greece
Location of airport in Greece
Serves Vathy
Location Samos Island, Greece
Elevation AMSL 19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167Coordinates: 37°41′24″N 026°54′42″E / 37.69000°N 26.91167°E / 37.69000; 26.91167
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 6,890 2,100 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data [1]

Samos International Airport (also known as Aristarchos) (IATA: SMIICAO: LGSM) is an airport on Samos Island, Greece.

The airport is named after Aristarchos of Samos, an ancient astronomer and mathematician, and lies within 5 km from the nearby town of Pythagorio. The airport features a single short runway serving both arrivals and departures. The airports surroundings leave little room for error or mistake on the behalf of the pilots – with nearby mountains and sea at the end of the short runway. There are often strong Meltemi winds blowing from the north during the summer months which further contribute to the difficulty of the landing.

During the late 1990s/early 2000s, the terminal was renovated – the capacity of the airport was increased to deal with increasing passenger numbers and the terminal was renovated.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens
Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Zürich
Albastar Seasonal charter: Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Arkefly Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
Astra Airlines Thessaloniki (PSO)
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Seasonal: Vienna
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen & Billund Airport
Germania Airlines Seasonal charter London-Gatwick
Jetairfly Seasonal charter: Brussels
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Billund, Copenhagen
Niki Seasonal: Vienna
Sky Express Chios(PSO), Mytilene(PSO), Rhodes(PSO)
SmartWings Seasonal: Prague
Thomson Airways Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Volotea Seasonal: Venice

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 3 August 1989, Olympic Aviation Flight 545 crashed into Mount Kerkis while on approach to Samos Airport. All 34 passengers and crew perished in the accident.[1]