Skiathos Island National Airport
|Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’
Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Σκιάθου ΄Α.Παπαδιαμάντης΄
|IATA: JSI – ICAO: LGSK
|Elevation AMSL||54 ft / 16 m|
|Passenger change 12-13||4.3%|
|Sources: Greek Civil Aviation Authority|
Skiathos Airport ‘Alexandros Papadiamantis’ (IATA: JSI, ICAO: LGSK) is an airport on the island of Skiathos, Greece. Its 5,341-foot runway is able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 757-200. The runway is characterised as 'short and narrow'.
Because of the uneven terrain on the island of Skiathos, Skiathos Airport was created by reclaiming land from the sea between Skiathos island and the smaller island of Lazareta (a former leper colony) effectively joining the two islands into one larger island.
The runways at Skiathos are characterised as 'short and narrow' and, as such, airlines typically require their pilots to undergo additional training for operations there. Landings may only be performed by captains, so if a captain is taken ill on an inbound flight, then it must be diverted to an alternative airport (usually Volos/Nea Anchialos which is the closest facility to accept passenger flights). Additionally, the runway down-slope on runway 20 leads to an illusion of a shorter runway as the southern end cannot be seen when close to the ground. When flights approach runway 02 from the south, the flight path is to the east of Skiathos town and over a coastal road just outside the airport boundary. Due to this, it is a very popular runway to watch flights landing and taking off at close quarters. Many videos have been uploaded to YouTube of this. Skiathos has often been dubbed "the Greek Sint Maarten".
Some flights departing Skiathos for British airports cannot take sufficient fuel to complete the trip without stopping at an intermediate airport to refuel, due to the limiting length of the runways. Aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 typically stop at Thessaloniki International Airport to refuel. The B757-200s, however, are usually able to carry sufficient fuel to operate directly to British destinations, such as London Gatwick. On one occasion, Air Italy used a Boeing 767–200 on the flight from Milan, making this the largest aircraft to have used the airport. The longest route operating to Skiathos is operated by Thomas Cook Airlines to Newcastle. The route was operated non-stop by the Boeing 757 200 until Summer 2014 when it will be replaced by a brand new Airbus A321, necessitating a stop in Kavala on the return. Thus, the current longest non stop flight to Skiathos operates to Manchester and is operated by Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways, both on the Boeing 757 200
However, it should be mentioned that both Olympic Air and Cyprus Airways make use of their larger Airbus A319 and Airbus A320 when operating direct flights from Athens International Airport, Thessaloniki and Larnaca.
Skiathos does only have one terminal and no jetways.
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